Newport city centre revamp road closure plans published
3:10pm Saturday 27th October 2012 in Gwent news
NEWPORT residents have 28 days to object to plans to close roads to make way for the long-awaited redevelopment of the city centre.
The Welsh Government wants to make an order to close off part of Kingsway, access to Capitol car park and Upper Dock Street.
These include footpaths between John Frost Square, Usk Way and Kingsway near the disused Capitol car park, as well as Upper Dock Street from its junction with Corn Street to the junction with Austin Friars.
It also wants to improve the northbound carriageways of Usk Way and Kingsway, as well as Corn Street and Skinner Street.
This will be done to prepare for the demolition of shops in John Frost Square ahead of the construction of the new multimillion pound Friars Walk shopping and leisure scheme and new bus station.
Work on the project, which will create 1,100 new jobs, is expected to start sometime next year but no date is set.
Once complete it will include a new shopping centre, Debenhams department store and a six-screen cinema.
Restaurants and cafes will be built around a public area called Usk Plaza and outside shopping areas will be covered by a glass canopy.
A public area will be created in John Frost Square with artificial grass and plants, a new taxi rank will be created between Kingsway Centre and Newport Centre and the existing Potters pub will be extended.
A new 15-stand bus station will replace the current one and a covered walkway will link it to a second station with ten stands at Market Square.