Shoppers will be able to stroll in front of the new Peach Street shop frontages from this weekend when the new look pavement opens up.
The pavement (adjacent to the new Peach Place development) will open on Friday night (23 November) when the single lane closure on Peach Street will also be removed.
The opening comes in time for the ever-popular Wokingham Winter Carnival (Sunday 25 November), the Small Business Saturday festivities (Saturday 1 December) and ahead of the opening of Waterstones bookshop and GAIL’S Artisan Bakers in early December.
Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive member for regeneration, said: “There have been lots of very positive comments about the new businesses coming to town and we believe they will be a fantastic addition to Wokingham this Christmas. And, if people come along to the Wokingham Winter Carnival on 25 November, they will be able to get a sneak peek of just how great they will be as the team from GAIL’s will be on hand to share some samples of their delicious products.”
“Work along Peach Street is nearing completion and we are reopening the road and footpath ready for Christmas visitors to Wokingham. There are a few minor works to be done around the shop fronts but these shouldn’t impact on pedestrians and we felt it was the right time to reopen the site.
“Elsewhere within Peach Place works will continue into early next year when the new units around the pedestrianised square and on Rose Street will start to open. Whilst we had hoped to have more of these businesses open for Christmas this has proved impossible to achieve but we have some fantastic national and local independent businesses lined up to take units around the new square, and next to Cook on Rose Street, and expect to be releasing some more information and dates as soon as details are finalised.
In order to remove the lane restriction safely, Peach Street, Wokingham, will be completely closed from the junction with Easthampstead Road to Market Place from 8pm on Friday 23 November for a maximum of 3 hours until 11pm
The following westbound diversion route will be in place:
Via Easthampstead Road, Heathlands Road, B3430 Nine Mile Ride, A321 Sandhurst Road, A321 Finchampstead Road, Molly Millars Lane, B3349 Barkham Road, A321 Station Approach.
Eastbound routes are unaffected by this overnight closure.