Hundreds of people turned out to Victoria Road, Romford, to celebrate the improvement works in the heart of the town on Saturday 20 September.
Those who attended took advantage of free food tasting, while children enjoyed rides, face painting and street entertainment. The event showed off the great new-look of the recently regenerated road.
Local restaurants showed off their culinary skills leaving mouths watering and tummies full, and other local shops celebrated their new forecourts, which are hoped to attract lots more shoppers to the road.
The £1.8m works, funded by Transport for London (TfL), has allowed the Council to transform Victoria Road. There is now new high-quality paving on public footpaths and business forecourts to give the road a more uniform look, while better lighting and new street benches give the street a more pleasant look and feel. There is also improved access to the bus stop and new cycle parking.
The Council is also in the final stages of rejuvenating The Battis, a well-used walkway linking Waterloo Road with Romford Station, with brightly coloured paving and a new open square, which will eventually form the gateway to the new Crossrail station.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“I’d like to thank TfL for providing the funding – anyone who has been to Victoria Road or The Battis since the work started will agree that it’s made a real difference. It’s much more inviting, and I hope it will improve footfall and custom for local businesses. And the street party is just the start – once people come along, they’ll want to keep coming back, especially to sample some of the great food on offer!”
David Rowe, Head of Borough Programmes and Projects at TfL, said:
“We are delighted that our funding has helped deliver improvements that make a real difference to daily lives of people in Romford, as well as the local economy. The new street furniture, improved footpaths and street lighting has no doubt helped Victoria Road glow, showcasing TfL’s commitment to investing in the wider capital.”