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Doncaster market redevelopment to open early

Work proceeding at the Doncaster Markets redevlopment

Work proceeding at the Doncaster Markets redevlopment

Sections of Doncaster’s high profile market redevelopment could be ready months early, it has been revealed.

Traders were originally told the £1 million scheme to transform the site would be completed by Christmas.

But now it has been confirmed sections of the work to put in state-of-the-art stalls and a public square will be in place before St Leger week starts on Monday, September 8 – ahead of the famous horse race on September 13. Some stalls will be up and activities will be running. Full completion is due in October.

Mick Maye, chairman of the Doncaster Market Traders’ Federation, said early completion would boost the market and he had been told by officials that work was ahead of schedule .

He said: “Race week should bring a lot of people into Doncaster, as it is still a major pull. It will make a real difference.”

He said traders were shown the new stalls which would be fitted in the new-look market for the first time yesterday, at an industrial estate in Kirk Sandall where they are being manufactured.

They will have fitted electric lighting and new drainage systems.

Traders believe the revamp supports their call for bus services to be brought closer to the market.

The Doncaster Star is leading a Buses to the Market campaign, calling for more services to run close to the site .

Some shoppers claim the current services leave them with a long walk from the town’s main bus station.

First, the borough’s largest bus operator, has confirmed it is in talks over the proposals.

Brandon Jones, head of external relations for First’s north region, said options including routing buses from the north of the borough to a stop at the market after they cross the River Don were being explored.

He said: “It’s important our routes go where our customers need us to, so we’re always keen to work with organisations including the market traders as well as Doncaster Council and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

“In some cases, such as this suggestion to link north Doncaster routes closer to the market, we need to look at safe and convenient stopping arrangements.

“These options are being looked at now and we’d hope to provide an update with our transport partners shortly.”

He said traders were shown the new stalls which will be fitted in the new-look market for the first time yesterday, at a factory in Kirk Sandall.

Doncaster Council director of regeneration and Environment Peter Dale said work was on schedule. He said: “We are prioritising works and aim to have key elements of the project such as the new public square in front of the Corn Exchange completed by early September.”

Traders believe the revamp supports their call for bus services to be brought closer to the market.

The Doncaster Star is leading a Buses to the Market campaign, calling for more services close to the site.

Some shoppers claim current services leave them with a long walk from the town’s main bus station.

First, the borough’s largest bus operator, confirmed it is in talks. Brandon Jones, head of external relations for First’s north region, said options including routing buses from the north of the borough to a stop at the market after they cross the River Don were being explored.

He said: “It’s important our routes go where our customers need us to, so we’re always keen to work with organisations including the market traders as well as Doncaster Council and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

“In some cases, such as this suggestion to link north Doncaster routes closer to the market, we need to look at safe and convenient stopping arrangements. These options are being looked at now and we would hope to provide an update with

our transport partners shortly.”

 

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