A SERIES of new street layouts are coming into force around St George’s Square.
Motorists are being warned to change their journey after work starts on changes to the road network around the railway station.
The work is part of the £4m revival project for the square and will come into force on Tuesday, June 3.
Changes will be made to the street layout and traffic movements around St George’s Square and the adjoining streets.
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “Through traffic will be banned from the square and the existing roundabout outside the George Hotel will be removed.
“This will separate Railway Street from the access road outside the George Hotel, which will become a two-way road providing access to the railway station car park.
“These changes follow the public consultation about St George’s Square which took place in 2007.
“Motorists are advised to start planning alternative routes as soon as possible.”
Movement of traffic around the square will be altered to include:
l Railway Street to be closed to all traffic except buses, taxis and access.
l A new section of two-way traffic will be introduced in John William Street.
l Westgate will to be closed to all traffic except buses and taxis. Traffic from New North Parade will have to turn into the town centre..
l The direction of one-way traffic flow in Station Street next to the Britannia Buildings will be reversed. This will fit in with the roundabout being removed.
l Access to the railway station car park will be from John William Street or Northumberland Street.
Passengers are also being advised that changes will be made to bus stop locations around the square over the coming weeks.
The changes have not yet been decided. Kirklees Council will provide more information closer to the date.
Work has already started on the £4m facelift to the historic St George’s Square.
Once complete, the square will be opened up to stage major outdoor entertainment events for up to 10,000-strong crowds.
Kirklees Council says the renovation will make the square a vibrant and attractive public space while also maintaining its heritage and character.
The plans were created after a public consultation on various schemes for a paved square. The council said this highlighted peoples’ desire for a water feature in front of the railway station and statue of Sir Harold Wilson.