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Council gets back to work on Market Square improvements

John Freeman

Lancaster City Council will restart work on its Square Routes initiative next week, an innovative project aimed at revitalising Lancaster's City Centre.

Work on Lancaster’s Market Square, the first stage of the project, will begin on Monday witth the completion of resurfacing work. New lighting columns will also be installed at the centre of the square.

New building mounted lights along Market Street to Horseshoe Corner, Penny Street to Ffrances Passage and Gage Street will also be installed, work  expected to take three to four weeks to complete. During that time, the stalls forming Lancaster’s Charter Market will be relocated along Market Street.

The vision for the square is to replace part of the area previously occupied by the fountain with a platform area for sitting, public performances and events.  Provision of this platform is subject to future funding.

Ffrances Passage, which is regarded as a major pedestrian gateway into the city centre will also receive new surfacing and drainage.  This work will take place during the evening and is scheduled to start at the end of January and take four to five weeks to complete.

Because of the work, Ffrances Passage will  be closed to pedestrians from 6pm to 6.00am, Monday to Friday from Monday 30th January.  Some Sunday work may also be required.

• For more information on the Square Routes initiative visit or pick up a copy of the latest newsletter from Lancaster or Morecambe Town Hall.