Grand designs in progress for john street

The Town Centre upgrade is moving steadily along John Street with work underway on the detailed design of Stage 2.

To be funded by a 50% contribution from the RestartNSW Resources for Regions program with the remaining $3.5 million from Singleton Council, the project covers John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street, and from Campbell Street to the New England Highway.

The design will include improvements to the Elizabeth Street intersection and Campbell Street roundabout, as well as traffic and parking management, landscaping, street lighting, footpath improvements and upgrades to Baileys Union Park.

Council has appointed SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to provide a concept design, leading to fully detailed design, following a resolution at Council’s ordinary Council meeting in May.

Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Corporate and Community, said the project was a continuation of the works to upgrade John Street and Ryan Avenue in 2015.

“There are a number of important objectives that this project must address, including enhancing the gateways to the Town Centre,managing traffic to support the Town Centre and improving pedestrian connectivity,” he said.

“But most importantly, Council is looking for this project to deliver social outcomes for our community, including enhancement o the public space to bring people together and celebrating Singleton’s heritage.

“We are also encouraging the community to tell us what they think with consultation to occur as part of the development of the design.

“The idea is this project will build on Stage 1 of the project that was completed from Gowrie Street to the north to Ryan Avenue, to enhance the appearance of the Town Centre, instil civic pride and encourage residents and visitors to come into John Street for a range of reasons including shopping, dining, leisure and recreation.”

Mr Egan said he was looking forward to seeing the design that would come forward.

“The intent of this phase of the project is to produce construction drawings and specifications, taking into account community feedback, including considerations for underground power, street lighting,pedestrian enhancements, parking and streetscape improvements to allow for Council to call for tenders for construction,” he said.

“We are aiming for construction to commence in early 2020.”