WORK is currently underway on a multi-million pound scheme to improve Salisbury city centre.
A one-way system is in place in the Fisherton Gateway area, with work set to be completed next summer.
Below is a guide, from Wiltshire Council, to measures in place – and how best to plan your journey – including a timetable of works to come.
Work is currently underway, with completion anticipated Summer 2024
The main contractor, Milestone Infrastructure, will have a main compound at Churchfields depot and a smaller site compound located in the corner of Central Area Car Park by Salisbury’s Job Centre and Sainsbury’s decked car park.
There will still be 715 short stay spaces and 634 long stay spaces in Central Car Park for public use.
The work will be carried out in phases. The first phase covers the area between Malthouse Lane and Summerlock Approach. This work will start on 7 August 2023 and will be completed around November 2023.
Due to start at the end of August, a second phase of works will take place between Summerlock Approach and South Western Road.
It is anticipated this phase will be completed around December 2023.
The Fisherton Street traffic management plan shows a one-way system on Fisherton Street will be in place for the duration of the construction period.
So, from August 6 through to Summer 2024, traffic can only travel one-way from the junction of South Western Road and Fisherton Street, down Fisherton Street to the junction of Fisherton Street and Minster Street.
Two-way traffic will be maintained on the alternative route during the construction period which is from Mill Road to New Street.
There will also be a one-way system on South Western Road for approximately two months. Direction and dates of one-way system will be confirmed in due course.
Road closures will be needed to construct certain elements of the scheme, but these will be minimised as far as possible and carried out at night wherever possible.
How will bus services be affected?
If you normally catch your bus from the bus stops near the clock tower, Wiltshire Council suggests you use the bus stops on New Canal, a five-minute walk away.
If you normally catch your bus near the Railway Station, you will need to walk to one of these bus stops on Devizes Road or Wilton Road which are a five-minute walk away.
Bus service R1 to Bemerton Heath will pick up at the bus stop at the bottom of Devizes Road, near Frys Fish & Chip Restaurant
Bus services R3 & R8 to Wilton, service R10 to St. Peters Place, services 2 & 24 to Devizes/Warminster, services 25/26 to Tisbury/Mere and service 27 to Shaftesbury will pick up at the first bus stop on Wilton Road, near The Village public house.
Diversions will be along Castle Street and Churchill Way. However, buses that normally use Fisherton Street will run non-stop along those roads.
Salisbury city centre car parks
Visitors are being urged to continue to follow the existing signed routes to enter/exit car parks.
Entry/exit to Culver Street and the Old George Mall Car Parks are unaffected by the works in Fisherton Street.
Visitors are being told to seek to enter/exit Central Car Park via the A36, but those exiting the Central Car Park via Summerlock Approach will need to turn left and follow the diversion signs to leave via the city centre.
People can also use one of Salisbury’s five Park and Ride sites. Details can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-park-ride.