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Preparations for Queen Street enhancement work get underway next week

Published: 30 April 2024

Artists impression of Queen Street Queen Street artists impression

Preparations for the major enhancement work in Queen Street, Newton Abbot are underway next week as the next preliminary phase includes discussions with traders and businesses affected, to minimise disruption throughout the work and provide a customised delivery management plan for businesses.

As part of the works contract, a dedicated local Liaison Officer will visit individual businesses in the street from next week to discuss the work and any concerns; and put plans in place to support them throughout the duration of the scheme.

The enhancement scheme includes a major resurfacing programme for the roads and pavements to replace tired and damaged surfaces, and widen the pavements to create more space for shoppers and visitors. Work will also take place to make the area safer for pedestrians add more public seating, and plant new trees and greenery. 

The plan is part of a wider garden communities programme, to revitalise and enhance Newton Abbot, boost the local economy and encourage more visitors and local people into the town centre, and increase the time they spend there.

Two new blue badge holder parking spaces will also be delivered as part of this project, while 26 on-street parking spaces will be retained between the War Memorial and Albany Street. 

Cllr David Palethorpe, Executive Member for Economic Development said:

“These enhancements will make Queen Street a more enjoyable place to visit and spend time, whether browsing the shops, having a bite to eat, or taking in the cultural experience Newton Abbot has to offer. They will also make the area safer for pedestrians, including those that are less mobile, with a new zebra crossing near the War Memorial and raised-table pedestrian-priority crossings at the side-road junctions along Queen Street.  

“Two new blue badge holder parking spaces will also be delivered as part of this project, while 26 on-street parking spaces will be retained between the War Memorial and Albany Street.”
Cllr David Palethorpe
Cllr David Palethorpe
Construction is expected to start at the end of May and should be completed by the end of November. To limit disruption the work will be undertaken in seven phases, broadly starting at Queen Street's Western end near Courtenay Street and finishing at its Eastern end by The Avenue. 
Here are some of the things you can expect when the work starts: 

During the day, pedestrians will always be able to access Queen Street. Visitors will be able to walk along Queen Street as usual to visit shops and businesses. Occasionally pavements will be closed in the evening for safety reasons, but clear signs will help everyone navigate the area. 

Devon County Council is working with bus operators to minimise disruption to local bus services.  

Queen Street will stay open for visiting vehicles, just as it is now, during most of the construction phases. 

We’re doing our best to keep as much parking as possible available. During each phase, some parking bays might be occupied for construction and safety reasons. Blue badge holders can still park on Queen Street and use the blue badge holder bays on Victoria Place and nearby car parks. While the works are underway, we are offering discounted parking on the top two levels of the Sherborne Road Multi-Story Car Park.  

Signage at The Avenue junction and other gateway areas will promote Queen Street as open for business, and scheme information boards will provide visitors and residents with further details about the ongoing works. 

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