A computer generated image of what Lichfield Street could look like.

A computer generated image of what Lichfield Street could look like.

Further investment in the city centre Public Realm will create a significantly improved pedestrian and cycling environment, with greater connectivity between the City’s transport Interchange and the city centre.

It forms part of the next phase of City of Wolverhampton Council’s city centre improvement programme and will reshape Lichfield Street, Queen Square, Princess Square and Darlington Street.

Work on the first two phases of the city centre improvement programme in the Victoria Street and The Halls Wolverhampton (formerly Civic Halls) areas have been completed and have already seen several events staged in the new spaces, increasing city centre footfall and economic spend.

The Lichfield Street/Queen Square Phase will be supported by a combination of £3million from the Towns Fund and, subject to official confirmation, £9.5million from the West Midlands Combined Authority’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) fund.

It is all part of a move to reimagine the city centre to make it a place that attracts people for not only shopping but also for varied events and activities in its public spaces.

Aims of the project

Key concept proposals include wider footpaths to improve pedestrian experience and enable hospitality businesses to offer outdoor seating, an increased number of bus stops and coach stops to serve the Grand Theatre, a two-way continuous cycle route, one-way bus and taxi access (westbound), the creation of new and improved events spaces, new trees, planting and street furniture.

Key milestones

  • Design & Stakeholder Development - Q1 2022 to Q4 2023
  • Construction works commence – Q3 2024
  • Project completion – Q3 2026