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Derby Railway Station Link Given Seal Of Approval


Derby railway station link given seal of approval

Tuesday, April 27, 2010,    This is Derbyshire    

CHANGES to a street linking Derby's railway station to the city centre have been given the thumbs-up by residents and train passengers.

The first phase of the city's Castleward Boulevard project has been completed, with the resurfacing of Wellington Street and Midland Place to the junction of Calvert Street.

New pavements and carriageways have also been put in place, as well as granite seating blocks and lighting columns.

When completed, the project will see a boulevard created between Midland Place and Traffic Street and the development of an urban village.

It is part of a multi-million-pound regeneration of the area surrounding Derby's railway station.

David Cross, 44, of Midland Place, said the development had helped to cut down the number of parking problems on his street.

He said: "We used to have a lot of taxis and cars coming down here from the train station and parking. Some even used to park on our driveways.

"But this development stops opportunists from doing this and it also looks quite nice.

"It makes it a good urban route to walk down and makes the place look much better."

Christopher Stone, 47, who lives off Derby Road, Ripley, said it made the walk down Midland Place more enjoyable. He said: "It's made it a better walk down here and much more pleasant, particularly as there aren't as many cars.

"Derby's a railway town and a lot of the buildings down the road are railways buildings, so it's nice to walk past them anyway, but this makes it nicer."

And Sue McDougall, 56, of Boulton Lane, Alvaston, said: "It looks a lot cleaner and tidier and makes it a lovely place to walk."

Derby City Council unveiled plans to regenerate Midland Place, Railway Terrace and Wellington Street in March 2009.

The scheme included new road surfacing, improved street lighting and landscaping, giving pedestrians a direct route to the city centre from the station.

The work to date, funded by the East Midlands Development Agency, has cost £681,000.

A spokeswoman for Derby City Council said: "The new boulevard will create a focal point for the area.

"It will contribute towards its attractiveness for businesses looking to locate in Castleward as the regeneration of the area progresses."

A date has yet to be decided for the second phase of the development, which will involve designing the main section of the boulevard.

Christine Lee, development projects officer for the council, said: "The new area has a nice, open feel to it and it is very inviting.

"The work has cleaned up and smartened up the area and the developers have done a fantastic job."

John Cadwallader, chief executive of urban regeneration company Derby Cityscape, said: "It's good to see the first phase complete and we can now look forward as the development comes closer to completion."

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