IT WAS unusually quiet on several typically busy city centre roads as improvement work got underway.

Queues of traffic were replaced by work vehicles and contractors as the next phase of Future High Streets roadworks got underway.

The Foregate, Shaw Street at St Nicholas Street were closed today (Sunday, November 5) for the work to get underway.

Worcestershire County Council's Highways and Travel team said the roads would be closed between 7.30am and 5pm approximately.

Despite the closure to traffic, the pavements remained open as normal and businesses in the area were able to continue trading.

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Worcester was awarded £17.9million in late 2020 from the central government’s Future High Streets Fund.

This major development will focus on The Arches, and plans for a new performance arts venue have that will revive the historic Scala Theatre.

Work has already been carried out in Angel Place, Angel Row, Trinity St, St Swithin’s St, Trinity Passage and The Cross.

All Future High Streets Fund work is planned for completion by 2024.