THE transformation of a major street in Huddersfield town centre into a tree-lined boulevard got under way yesterday.
Kirklees Council leaders said the £250,000 work would help to put John William Street in its rightful place as a street of distinction.
Trees in planters will be placed along the street and it will get wider pavements in quality stone, co-ordinated seating and lighting columns, improved pedestrian crossings and better bus stops with shelters.
Clr Andrew Pinnock, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, said: "I am pleased this latest stage in the regeneration of Huddersfield is getting off the ground.
"When finished, it will contribute to the better image people have of the town centre."
The work is taking place between Market Place and Britannia Buildings in St George's Square.
It follows an exhibition last November, when people in the town centre were asked for their views.
Kirklees Council's highways direct services department is carrying out the work, which is due for completion by November.
Kirklees, the Government and the Metro passenger transport organisation are paying for the changes.
The scheme is one of the first to be delivered under the council's strategy for the area around St George's Square.
Clr David Payne, Cabinet member responsible for transport and environment matters, said: "I am pleased to see this scheme starting.
"It should make visits to this part of Huddersfield easier for pedestrians and public transport users and more pleasant for all," he added.
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