In 2012 Coventry welcomed the world for Olympic football, the Olympic Torch Relay, Godiva Awakes and Godiva in the Square festivals, as well as celebrating 50 years since the consecration of Coventry Cathedral. The Council invested over £7m (half of which was from the European Regional Development Fund) in several important locations to create a lasting legacy for the city.
The impressive plans have seen an improved Broadgate, the filling in of two subways and creation of two new surface crossings to improve links from the station and de-cluttering to improve the settings of some of the city's most stunning buildings. A 20mph zone has been introduced in the city centre, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians.
The works have had an extremely positive reaction from residents, developers, investors and visitors to the city.
More improvements were planned for the city centre for 2013/14. The Council invested £2.8m in the improvements, and are bidding for further funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Under the second phase, plans include improving pedestrian links into the city centre from Jordan Well to High Street to create an attractive boulevard into the city centre. There will also be junction improvements at Little Park Street and Council House Square to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians as well as cutting congestion.
A programme of wider de-cluttering will be undertaken to improve the settings to our historic buildings. The improvements will massively improve links to the city's major tourist attractions - the Cathedral and Transport Museum - and will create a more attractive city centre environment to encourage investment and stimulate growth.