The transformation taking place along Stockport’s Prince’s Street is taking shape as the first sections of the new pedestrian area have been opened up for visitors to enjoy.
New high quality paving has begun to be installed along Prince’s Street over the past few months, giving the whole area a facelift creating a bright, inviting area for shoppers to enjoy.
Prince’s Street houses a range of independent and niche shops offering a wide variety of products; national brand stores include Debenhams, Rymans and Game to popular cafés and real ale.
Prince’s Street is set to benefit, not only from the transformation in terms of high quality paving and streetscape currently being installed, but also from the neighbouring Redrock Stockport when it opens its doors next year too.
New, attractive public squares will link Redrock with Prince’s Street encouraging the thousands of visitors who go each year to enjoy a film, have a meal or use the new car park to explore everything on offer in Stockport town centre, including a growing number of shops, quality restaurants and events.
Councillor Kate Butler, Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council said: “Walking down Prince’s Street you get a real feel of what the area will be like when the works are finished and what a huge difference the new, high quality public realm work will make to the town centre experience. Prince’s Street is very much open for business whilst the works are taking place and I’d encourage everyone to support our local traders.
“The Council is committed to supporting the businesses and a wide range of support is available for them. I’d urge Prince’s Street businesses to get in touch to see how we can help them.”
The improvements along Prince’s Street are part of the Town Centre Access Plan (TCAP) works that are taking place making it easier for everyone to travel in and around Stockport. The £73m programme is funded by the Local Growth Deal.
The works being undertaken by George Cox & Sons along Prince’s Street will be completed by the end of March 2017 and have been designed to ensure that access to businesses for both customers and servicing is maintained at all times. The new public squares and Redrock Stockport will be opening in November 2017.
The investment is part of the £1 billion Investing in Stockport programme that is underway across the town transforming it for the future.