THE latest phase of work to enhance Blackburn town centre will see new trees, street furniture and lighting installed in the main shopping area.

The majority of the work, which is set to begin on Monday, will take place in King William Street and Lord Street.

It is part of a wider project to attract more visitors to Blackburn town centre, which has already seen a new seating area created in the square in King William Street.

A Blackburn with Darwen Council spokesman said: “This project is part of a larger scheme to improve pedestrian safety, enhance the environment and stimulate further regeneration in Blackburn town centre.

“It is the intention to create pedestrian friendly and attractive environments that support the development of town centre shopping and leisure, and attract visitors to the area.”

Work at the junction of King William Street and New Market Street is likely to last around four weeks before continuing towards Debenhams and Lord Street.

Contractors will then work on the section of Lord Street, between King William Street and Lower Northgate, from the beginning of March.

The work is likely to cause some disruption as sections of King William Street, Lord Street, New Market Street, Town Hall Street and Northgate will be closed to traffic.

During the closures, pedestrian access in King William Street and Lord Street, and to premises along them, will be maintained at all times.

The council spokesman said: “Both we and the contractor undertaking the works will liaise with businesses regarding the affect these temporary closures may have on their premises and what arrangements can be made to minimise their impact.

“Consultation has taken place with businesses regarding their access and delivery requirements to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”