Work has started (5 November) on replacing bollards in Coventry city centre’s main square.
Permanent bollards are to be installed to protect the walkways entrances leading to Broadgate from Cross Cheaping and Ironmonger Row.
Work has also starting to replace the bollards into Broadgate from Trinity Street which were damaged by a vehicle involved in setting-up an event in the square earlier this year.
A series of temporary arrangement have been in place to ensure the safety of shoppers and these will be removed once the work has been completed.
New rise-and-fall bollards allowing vehicle access into and out of Broadgate from Trinity Street and High Street have been planned for some time but manufacturer delays mean these will not be ready until well into 2019.
The bollards being installed on Trinity Street, which meet latest industry standards, will be used until they are ready. These bollards will then be relocated to elsewhere in the city centre.
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Events, said the work would be completed before the Christmas lights switch-on on 21 November.
He said: “The safety of shoppers and visitors to the city centre has always been our main priority which has led to the temporary measures being in place.
“Finding a final solution to the issue has taken longer than we would have wanted for reasons outside of our control, which was the reason for the temporary measures.
“But it was important that this work will all be completed before the Christmas lights switch-on when we expect to once again have thousands of people in Broadgate for another wonderful family event.
“Delivery of the new rise-and-fall bollards for have been delayed meaning we have decided on this temporary solution for Trinity Street but these will not be wasted, as we will use them elsewhere.”