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Contractor appointed for major Swindon town center regeneration project

Swindon City Council has appointed a contractor to build the new bus interchange and footbridge in the town centre.

Colas Projects, which moved from Sussex to Birmingham in 2021, will begin work on the £33million regeneration project later this year.

The Fleming Way Bus Boulevard project will see Fleming Way transformed to accommodate all city bus services and will include a new open public space on the north side with a central green spine to increase biodiversity.

The project will also include pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as the removal of the current Fleming Way underpass to create a route linking the station to the city centre.

The council secured the funding after submitting a business case to the government for money from its Future High Streets Fund. The project is estimated to help raise land values ​​in the area by an additional £34 million, Colas said.

Gary Sumner, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Transport and Planning, said: “This scheme is so important for the town center because it will help unlock wider regeneration.

“Lately the low land values ​​in this part of town have made it less attractive to investors and developers, so we are using government funding to improve the local area and make it a place they want to invest. their money.

“We are effectively giving a boost to downtown rejuvenation, helping us rebound strongly from the shift to online commerce and the effects of the pandemic.”

Colas said it would provide employment opportunities for local residents, with a particular focus on the long-term unemployed or disadvantaged, as well as employment support workshops and internships for young people.

The company’s Executive Director, Sean Jeffery, added: “I am delighted that we have been awarded this exciting opportunity to work with Swindon Borough Council to realize their vision for a greener and more accessible solution in Swindon town centre. Swindon. I am convinced that the Colas team will be able to deliver a great project.

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