This scheme has already been implemented to provide a smooth transition between the public realm improvements around Abbey Wood Station (when completed in 2018) and the High Street section of Wilton Road. This will be achieved through:
- New high specification York Stone footway paving
- Rationalised street furniture and de-cluttering
- Improved energy efficient street lighting
- Strategic tree planting
- New carriageway surface
- Seating areas for members of public
- Creating more of a place for pedestrians compared to the current through-road
The High Street improvements were delivered in partnership between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley. They provided training and employment opportunities to local unemployed people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, through the council-funded Highway Improvement Local Labour (HILL) programme. The HILL programme delivers a whole range of highway works such as pavement repairs, new street lighting and street scene improvements across the Royal Borough, but the majority of works consists of road resurfacing in local roads.
The completed street improvement scheme has provided a modern and high quality environment for shoppers and commuters.
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Shop front regeneration
The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Bexley secured £150,000 of grant monies from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund in 2015 and provided match funding to invest a total of £300,000 for improvements to Wilton Road.
The project has physically improved the appearance of the shop units on and around Wilton Road whilst supporting them to become more resilient and profitable as the area gears up for the arrival of the Elizabeth line. The completed works include:
- Improvements to the appearance of 13 shop units run by independent traders on and around the high street.
- Supporting traders to become more competitive and resilient during a difficult period of transition.
- Local independent traders receiving expert business support to help identify areas for future growth, so that they can benefit from the significant regeneration coming to the area.
- Creating a more welcoming high street environment that is more effective in attracting trade.
- Raising the profile of the shops locally and improve the functionality of the high street as a convenience local retail offer.