WORK is due to get under way on a town centre improvement scheme in Llangollen.

Denbighshire Council was successful in its bid for Welsh Government funding, and will use the Local Sustainable Transport COVID Response Fund 2020-21, to introduce improvements that facilitate social distancing, and make it easier for people to travel actively within the town centre.

In Llangollen, works will include reversing the one-way restriction on Church Street between its junction with Chapel Street and its junction with Regent Street.

This will reduce instances of taking short cuts and provide improved access to schools and the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists.

Further measures include the introduction of a widened pedestrian area on the eastern side of Castle Street between its junction with Bridge Street and its junction with Regent Street.

This will be achieved with the introduction of bolt down kerbing and will provide enhanced facilities for people to social distance and travel actively.

To facilitate this work, on-street parking will be suspended on Castle Street for the duration of the trial period.

A one-way restriction will also be introduced on Market Street between its junction with Castle Street and its junction with East Street.

Vehicles will be allowed to enter Market Street from Castle Street and proceed in a westerly direction.

The purpose of this restriction is to provide an additional loading bay, for use by businesses, along the north side of Market Street.

Works will commence on site on Monday, 2 November and will be conducted by Gelli Civil Engineering.

Town centre improvement schemes are also set to go ahead in Ruthin and Rhyl.

Cllr Brian Jones, cabinet lead member for highways, transport and the environment, said: "Active travel has become a more prominent issue in recent times, with Covid-19 allowing people the opportunity to walk more or to get on bikes as a means of getting out and about.

"The funding made available was to be used to promote active travel and allow councils to introduce measures that would help protect people’s safety through social distancing, as well as encouraging more people to visit our town centre businesses.

"There was generally strong support for the plans for Llangollen, Ruthin and Rhyl and we were happy to support these proposals going forward.

"We are now on the verge of starting work at various locations in these towns and we will be keeping any disruption to a minimum.

"We would like to thank residents and businesses in the towns for their understanding."

The council is going back to the drawing board regarding the initial proposals for Denbigh and will come up with a smaller scheme for the town which will be consulted upon at a later date.