04:54AM, Tuesday 12 March 2013
Shoppers can look forward to a new-look town centre when work to repave a 125m stretch of Maidenhead High Street gets underway.
Starting on April 22 the pavement between Queen Street junction and Costa Coffee will be completely repaved.
It is the first phase of a planned £400,000 upgrade funded by the Royal Borough.
Chairman of Maidenhead Town Partnership, Cllr Richard Kellaway, said the High Street was a key part of the town centre regeneration. "We are entering exciting times for Maidenhead, with developments either already under way or on the cards," he added.
"It is a top priority to ensure that our existing High Street, the heart of the town centre, is not left behind and looks good when the new schemes arrive on the scene."
The 'Maidenhead pallette' design is already used to link the Boy and Boat statue with Kidwells Park.
The paving materials of tegula and granite were agreed upon following a public consultation on a sample panel outside the NatWest bank in 2009. Work is expected to take about four months to complete and is part of a council commitment to invest more than £1.3m into the town centre.
Surrounding businesses have already being notified of the work by the borough to help reduce disruption.
Pedestrian access for staff, shoppers and visitors will be unaffected while the repaving is carried out while the produce market is being moved to a spot further up the High Street.
Information drop-in sessions have also being organised by the borough to enable people to see what the new-look paving will look like and find out more about the work involved.
The first session will take place at Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road on Thursday, March 29 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 6pm to 7pm.
The second will be held on April 18 at the same times.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.