Update on the Works in Kirkwall Town Centre

News from Orkney Islands Council

road closedThe next stage of street improvements in Kirkwall’s town centre will get underway on Wednesday 6th of  February.

Works will be moving from outside the TSB to the entrance to Albert Street, meaning the street will be closed to all traffic from Laing Street to Broad Street. It’s anticipated this work will take four weeks to complete.

Businesses in the immediate vicinity have been advised of the work by the contractor and pedestrian access will be maintained.

Waste and recycling collections will continue to be carried out as usual.

The current one way system means drivers can turn into Castle Street from Junction Road and on into Broad Street but vehicles do not have access from Palace Road into Broad Street. A signed diversion via Clay Loan is in place. In addition, vehicles cannot turn into Castle Street from Albert Street – but can drive on into Broad Street.

The works are part of the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative’s (KTHI) Places and Spaces project.

The key aspects of the Place and Spaces project are to:

  • Improve the area at the bottom of the Strynd and top of Castle Street
  • Provide a new path  to the War Memorial to enhance it as a place to stop and reflect on the significance of the monument.
  • Improve the head of Victoria Street to encourage people into this part of the town.

The works at the top of Castle Street will see new paving and road surfacing laid, and the road surface raised to pavement level.  This initial phase of the project is due for completion early May after which works will be suspended for the main summer season.

Work will move to the entrance to Victoria Street in the autumn, with work being suspended again in December for Christmas shopping season

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