Borough Insight

High Street North ahead of schedule

The team working on the High Street paving north of the Market Place put on a spurt of speed in preparation of shops and businesses opening earlier this week.

Together with Surrey County Council, this is a joint project to renovate the footway which was necessary as the paving was reaching the end of its life.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, stated “Retail needs all the help it can get at present and our priority is to ensure that access to the shops is not impeded by the paving work on the footway.

“Fortunately a lot of hard work combined with the good weather and lower than normal footfall has meant the team is ahead of schedule. After this week the remaining work, including the installation of benches and cycle stands, will be undertaken overnight”.

New bus shelters and the installation of real time passenger information will now take place later in the summer due to the necessary components being unavailable as planned due to their manufacture being delayed during the lockdown.

Both councils are also worked together on the arrangements both in Epsom and in Ewell to meet the requirement for temporary wider footways to allow for social distancing and queuing outside of shops.

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