Commercial land values and commercial rents within Newport have remained low in comparison to the regional average, which whilst attractive to occupiers makes financial viability of commercial development difficult. As a result, without third party intervention in strategic infrastructure new development could not come forward. In recognition of this, the Marches LEP awarded Growth Funding of £6.3M to support a number of proposals in Newport under a wider 'Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package'.
- Off-site highway works to improve traffic flows in the vicinity of the proposed Enterprise park. This part of the project also includes the construction of the two access junctions for the employment land from the A518.
- On-site highway works.
- Funding to support improvements within Newport town centre to ensure the job and housing creation is linking to continuing support of the town centre.
- Supporting utilities such as electricity, telecommunications and water to The Newport Innovation and Enterprise Park.
The proposals are also funded via £1M under the Telford Land Deal and S106 contributions.
Newport is one of the market towns identified in the Marches Strategic Economic Plan as having the potential to stimulate growth for the Local Enterprise Partnership area. The continual expansion of Harper Adams University, with its successful Agri-Engineering centre for Innovation, creates an opportunity to bring high value jobs to Newport through the creation of a cluster of high tech businesses on the proposed The Newport Innovation and Enterprise Park and to strengthen supply chain opportunities and growth of a key sector identified in the Marches Strategic Economic Plan.
The Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package (Ni-Park) seeks to address traffic growth and congestion in and around Newport associated with committed and proposed developments, provide 10 hectares of new employment land creating 400 new jobs.
The Ni-Park project will create an enterprise and science park with regional and national impact as a consequence of its direct links to the Harper Adams Centre for Innovation. It will attract investment from high tech businesses, stimulating complementary research and development activities and encouraging supply chain growth across a wide range of companies engaged in new agricultural technologies and with links to Telford's strong advanced manufacturing sector. These will include robotics, sensors, augmented reality systems, enviro-technologies and ICT. It will also complement and closely link to Telford's emerging Digital Centre of Excellence.
Detailed Design for infrastructure works have now been completed to provide suitable access to Ni-Park, improve network capacity along the A41 and A518 corridors and to improve safety on the local road network. The infrastructure development works includes;
- roundabout 1 - A41/A518 (Stafford Road) roundabout capacity improvements
- roundabout 2 - A41/A518 roundabout capacity improvements
- roundabout 3 - A518/Audley Avenue/Ni.PARK new roundabout junction
- junction 4 - A518/Ni-Park - new 'Left in/Left out' junction between Audley Avenue and Station Road
- dual carriageway - Conversion of the section of the A518 between the A41 and Audley Avenue to dual carriageway with a parallel off road cycle and pedestrian route alongside.
- pedestrian crossing - New signalised Toucan crossing between Audley Avenue and Ni-Park
- development access road - A new road will be built linking Roundabout 3 to junction 4 and providing access to plots within the site
- speed limit - The proposed Speed Limit will be reduced to 40mph between the A41/Stafford Road/A518 roundabout and the A518/Station Road roundabout
- public realm - Improvements to street lighting, drainage, signage and road marking for the above mentioned areas.
- Local road improvements:
- 6 School Safety Schemes to be delivered including electronic signs at each location
- Boughey Road/Wellington Road speed limit changes
- Chester Road Safety Scheme in vicinity of St Peter and St Paul School
- Stafford Street Car Park - Short stay/Long stay parking scheme
- Station Road pedestrian crossing improvements
- Pave Lane gateway improvements and HGV restrictions.
- Site setup: 18 November 2019
- Highways works commence: 2 December 2019
- Planned end date: December 2020.
Proposed traffic management arrangements
The delivery of the works have been designed to limit the impact on the network wherever possible. Two way traffic flow will be maintained along the A518 and A41 during the day for the duration of the project with no traffic lights or road closures planned. Traffic lights and road closures will only be used for overnight works where this is the only safe option available to deliver certain elements of the scheme. Movements in and out of the Audley Avenue Industrial estate will be restricted to ‘Left in, Left out’ movements for the duration of the scheme. Below are some indicative dates with various works areas. Please note that these may be subject to change as the project progresses.
Proposed working hours
- 7am to 7pm. There may be elements of work (e.g. resurfacing that will require closures or working outside of normal working hours).
Residents in close proximity and businesses will be notified in advance of the various phases.
Last updated: 14/11/2019 17:45