IMPROVEMENT works have started at Fisherton Gateway, the first significant investment in Salisbury city centre through the government’s Future High Streets Fund.

The improvement works include widening pavements, introducing new street lighting, enhancing landscaping, improving street furniture and wayfinding, and introducing continuous footpaths at junctions to enhance pedestrian priority.

From Sunday, August 6 2023, motorists need to be aware that traffic barriers will be installed to create a one-way system from the junction of South Western Road and Fisherton Street.

It will continue down Fisherton Street to the junction of the High Street. 

Salisbury Journal: Traffic management planTraffic management plan (Image: Wiltshire Council)

Work will be carried out in phases and during the project Fisherton Street remains open for business. 

Read more: How the Fisherton Gateway works will effect the buses and car parks

The first phase will cover the area between Summerlock Approach and Malthouse Lane and will commence on Monday, August 7. It is anticipated that it will be completed around November this year.

The second phase will commence towards the end of August, starting between Summerlock Approach and South Western Road. This is likely to be completed around December this year.

Salisbury Journal: Fisherton Gateway phasingFisherton Gateway phasing (Image: Wiltshire Council)

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The money for the project has come from the government's Future High Streets Fund - Salisbury was one of 100 towns shortlisted and in 2021, Wiltshire Council was awarded £9,355,731 for projects in Salisbury.

Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Caroline Thomas, said: “One of our key priorities is to have vibrant, well-connected communities, and this scheme will deliver improvements for residents, businesses and visitors as well provide long-term economic benefits for Salisbury. Road improvements of this scale do cause some disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience in advance.

“Our contractor will remain in close contact with businesses in the area that are most affected by the phases of works to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

"I would like to reassure everyone that Fisherton Street is very much open for business, and I would encourage residents and visitors to make full use of the retail and coffee shops available.

“Drivers should plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys as people get used to the one-way system and diversion route. This may also be an opportunity to consider alternative modes of transport, including our Park and Ride.  For those using buses, Salisbury Reds have published details of the Fisherton Street bus stops which will be temporarily moved from Sunday 6 August on

“To help plan routes people may find the website helpful.

“Regular updates on the changes to the traffic management arrangements as the project progresses will be available on the council’s website Future High Streets Fund Salisbury - Wiltshire Council.”

Salisbury Journal: Fisherton Gateway overviewFisherton Gateway overview (Image: Wiltshire Council)

Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the existing signed routes to enter or exit car parks in the area.

Milestone Infrastructure’s Regional Director, Lewis Cowley, said: “We are delighted to be mobilising to carry out the works on Fisherton Street. This comes at the end of months of discussion with Wiltshire Council to ensure that we deliver a safe and cost-effective construction phase to this project while minimising disruption to Salisbury and in particular the businesses on Fisherton Street.”

Regular updates on the changes to the traffic management arrangements, as the project progresses, will be available on the council’s website