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Work on a major improvement scheme in Northallerton is almost complete – Zetland Street reopened to traffic this week.

Newplanters and a bus stop are still to be installed – and trees are still left to plant – in a scheme that has seen the footways widened and  carriageway made single vehicle width, with loading, taxi and parking bays. The footpaths have been repaved in York stone.

The improvements support the Treadmills retail and leisure development on the former prison site, upgrading vital links between the High Street and East Road, the main shopping area and the new development.    And it will be followed by a new town square for the centre of the town next year.

The work is part of a joint £4.5m project for town centre improvements between Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council. The project has received £3.2m from the government’s Local Growth Fund, secured through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining cost being borne by CNDCL (Central Northallerton Development Company), the developers of Treadmills and an element of match funding from Hambleton District Council.

Hambleton District Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson, said: “This project has created stronger links between Treadmills and the town centre and made the area more attractive for visitors.  It has followed a heritage theme taking the town back to its roots and developing a more traditional style.

“Covid19 has meant the work has taken a lot longer than expected and we thank the businesses for the patience.  We hope everyone likes the results – business owners and customers and will be heading down Zetland Street to see its new look.”

Improvements are also being made to two ginnels, New Row and Central Arcade. These are privately owned but are public rights of way. To make them more inviting, the ginnels have been surfaced in York stone and the boundary walls enhanced. Footways on Elder Road have also been extended.

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