Road closed as Hanley bus station takes shape
A KEY city centre route will be closed off for almost two weeks while work on a new £15 million bus station continues.
A number of streets are being resurfaced in Hanley as bus routes are being changed to access the new state-of-the-art station being built on the former John Street surface car park.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has asked traders and businesses to be patient while the works go ahead.
The work includes:
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The complete closure of Stafford Street in Hanley between Tontine Street and Stafford Lane between August 19 and 30;
A diversion for buses via Potteries Way, Bethesda Street, Marsh Street and Trinity Street ;
The temporary closure of bus and taxi stops in Crown Bank;
A new taxi base in Stafford Street opposite Trinity Street instead.
Today traders gave a mixed reaction to the proposals
Val Pope, an office manager at Age UK, in Stafford Street, said: "We are hoping it won't have any effect on our customers because we rely quite heavily on them walking in off the street.
"But elderly people are often put off by crowds or a lot of disruption."
Shop assistant Adele Broster, who works at Vera Dry Cleaning, in Stafford Lane, was also wary of the changes.
She said: "I think it will affect the customers for a while until people get used to the changes."
Shopper Helen Griffiths, aged 71, from Reginald Mitchell Court, said: "I think it is all causing a lot of disruption for people, especially with the buses.
"But I know it has to be done to improve the city and I think we accept that."
Contractors have now moved into the final phase of constructing Hanley's new £15 million bus station.
Councillor Rosenau Stoke-on-Trent City cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "Part of Stafford Street will be closed as a programme of works to improve the look and environment in the city centre.
"The temporary closure will allow the surface of the road to be re-laid with natural granite stone sets."
She added: "We have consulted with bus companies about the temporary changes, and ask bus users and city centre visitors to have patience while the works take place.
"This work will bring a facelift to the environment of the city centre, and the benefits will be worth it."
The improvement work will link Stafford Street to Albion Square.