WORK is set to start on the next phase of the major redevelopment in Dudley town centre.

Traders in the market place will be relocated to temporary stalls in early June after new routes for motorists come into force on Tuesday May 27.

During the work stalls will be moved to the other side of the fountain in the central shopping area with overspill space in Stone Street Square.

John Millar, Dudley director of the urban environment, said: “This next phase of the scheme will start to build a picture in people’s minds of what the new market place will look like once complete.

“Our aim has always been to create a clean, modern and attractive space, putting Dudley’s historic market place well and truly on the map.

“Temporary operational changes are necessary due to the complicated and detailed nature of the project but we will continue to try and keep inconvenience to a minimum.”

Entry to and exit from the events area (between the fountain and Stone Street) will be via Stone Street only. Vehicles will not be allowed to drive through the market place and exit via New Street.

Also, from the last week in May, shoppers will be able to use areas of New Street for parking. Motorists are advised to use a turning area that will be created at the top of New Street to allow safe exit from New Street. Vehicles will not be allowed to reverse out of New Street. New Street, Castle Street and Fisher Street remain closed to through traffic.

The bus station and all car parks around the town centre will remain open.

The project is set for completion in the first half of 2015, more information is available on Dudley Council’s website.