Narrow Way improvements

We have started construction work to improve the Narrow Way. We're aiming to revitalise the high street and ensure it's a safe, pleasant and healthy place to live, work and visit. We'll be working in the area from the junction of Mare Street with Amhurst Road to the junction of Mare Street with Clarence Road.

Construction work areas

St. Augustine's Square

We're creating a large public square in the area between the Old Town Hall, St. Augustine's Tower and the public toilets. This includes creating a new raised level platform, new steps, accessible access, resurfacing work and trees. Work started on Monday 14 November and has included clearing the site, lifting the Yorkstone paving so we can re-use it, relocating the hornbeam trees to London Fields and raising and refurbishing the public toilets to match the new surface levels.

The public toilets will be temporarily unavailable while we're doing the work. The nearest public toilets are next to the Town Hall on Wilton Way (approximately 300 metres away).

From the week commencing 16 January, we'll be creating the new level platform and new steps, and resurfacing using reclaimed Yorkstone. We're expecting to finish the work in this area by mid-March.

The market traders located in this area have been temporarily moved to the Narrow Way.

Kenmure Road

We've laid a new section of road surfacing on Kenmure Road. We'll be doing further work in the area soon.

Main construction work on the Narrow Way

The construction work on the Narrow Way will include:

  • new surfacing on the Narrow Way from the junction of Amhurst Road to Clarence Road
  • a new catenary lighting system that uses wires instead of poles, reducing clutter and distributing light more effectively
  • new seating, cycle parking and trees
  • better drainage
  • utility work

We'll move along the Narrow Way as we finish each section of the work but we may work in different places at the same time. The shops will be open as usual while we are working but you should expect noise and minor disruption at times.

We've started work on the southern section of the Narrow Way from Bohemia Place to the Old Town Hall. From the week commencing 9 January, work will include clearing the site and excavation followed by subsurface construction to create the sub-base for the new surfacing.

Using the Narrow Way

The Narrow Way will be open for business as usual throughout the work. If you're a cyclist, you'll need to dismount as space is limited around the work sites. We'll need to change the ways traffic and pedestrians move around the sites from time to time but we'll make sure any changes are clearly signposted.

We've closed the Narrow Way to traffic at the southern end so we can do the current work. Limited access is available for deliveries and servicing, however you will need to exit via the northern junction with Dalston Lane as the road is closed to traffic towards the southern junction with Amhurst Road. We've provided a banksman between 8am and 10am Monday - Friday.

Our public liaison officer, Glenn Tobin, has visited all businesses on the Narrow Way to discuss their servicing and delivery requirements. If you have any further questions or problems, please contact Glenn on 07725 521 194 or Glenn's available to discuss any issues including temporary arrangements for servicing and deliveries.


Please avoid parking near the areas we're working in, which will be clearly marked with signs, cones and barriers. If you do park where we're working, your vehicle may have to be removed.

Page updated: 13/01/2017 14:32:13