Bull Yard grass goes down
Friday 6 July 2012
The next stage in the transformation of the connection between Bull Yard to the Railway station has been completed after the two new areas of grass which extend Greyfriars Green right into the heart of the city centre were completed.
The new grassed areas - outside the Litten Tree and the Central Methodist Hall - incorporate new flower beds which have been planted with a mix of flowers and evergreens. These will provide a 'green screen' to the now two-way road behind.
To complete the improvements in this area new 'brushed silver' effect street lights have been fitted and an improved new motor cycle park has been built. The pelican crossing that used to cross the four lanes of road has been replaced with a zebra crossing now the road is only one lane in each direction. New on-street parking bays for up to 17 cars have also been created between Greyfriars Road and Greyfriars Lane. And at the ring road end a roundabout type feature has replaced the traffic lights at the junction with Greyfriars Road.
Cllr John Mutton, Council Leader, said: "It might feel as if we have been working to improve the city centre for a long time - but now it's all coming together and starting to look fantastic and I am very proud of all that has been achieved. The new green areas in Bull Yard and outside Holy Trinity Church look great and the perfectly compliment our fantastic new square in Broadgate which people are clearly beginning to enjoy, either sitting with friends or taking part in the events and markets
"The new link to the station means people won't have to use a subway at all and the new lights on the station junction will mean that traffic flows better there and there are less accidents - so it's a win for all road users."
The improved, larger, secure facility for motorcyclists will provide approx 25 - 30 dedicated secure spaces - more than double the previous amount and right at the heart of Bull Yard. Representatives from the Coventry Motorcycle Action Group were involved in the design of the new bike park and in selecting its location.
Ian Phillips, Vice Rep' Coventry Motorcycle Action Group said: "We worked closely with the Council on this fantastic new parking area. We are really pleased that it's close to where to old car park was although of course it is bigger and better. I'm also very impressed with the wider work in the area - it looks fantastic and as a motorcyclist I can really say it works really well."