London Borough of Croydon

surrey street market Latest update: Surrey Street improvements

As part of the council’s ambitions to rejuvenate Surrey Street Market, improvement works have now started and are scheduled to complete in early June.

Surrey Street Market relocation

It will be necessary to temporarily relocate some market stalls while the works are carried out, to enable the improvements to be done as safely and as quickly as possible. Market traders will begin operating from North End from Monday 27 March. The relocation will initially be run as a trial and if found to be unsuccessful, the market will be moved to an alternative location within the town centre.

Other disruptions

There will be disruption to vehicle access onto Surrey Street, but access for businesses and residents will be maintained at all times. Contractors will be working at the site for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, though noisy activities have been restricted and will only be permitted between 8am and 6pm. Further information will be provided on the level of disruption expected and any changes you need to be aware of regarding deliveries and access to your business.

We will be working hard to ensure works are completed to schedule with minimal disruption as possible to traders, residents and businesses. Letters sent to all affected are available to download below.

For further information about the improvement works please contact Paul Forrester, programme manager on paul.forrester@croydon.gov.uk

Upgrading Surrey Street Market

The 700-year-old market is set for a £1.1m renovation. Proposals for the site include public realm works, involving improvements to the highway that will see the carriageway made level and enhancing the market’s design to make the street more pedestrian-friendly and to create a vibrant, flexible market space. Improved signage, street lighting and architectural lighting on building façades will also be installed.

The funding will be used to create a vibrant public space and aims to increase footfall to the market. Public art will be installed to uplift the market and also used as a way to attract residents and visitors from High Street and North End. Signposting will also be improved from train stations, bus and tram stops.

The council has boosted Surrey Street by establishing the Sunday market, which focuses on street food, homemade and artisan produce, arts and crafts, vintage and retro goods and street entertainment. Shoppers can now also surf the web as they shop, thanks to a new free public Wi-Fi network which was activated last year.

Steps have already been taken to boost growth in trade and to help ensure the market becomes a truly vibrant, seven-days-a-week venue where visitors can enjoy a range of activities including shopping, meeting with friends, eating and viewing art. Last month a neon design by an artist whose work had featured in the Saatchi gallery was installed on the Surrey Street footbridge.

The council has listened to what the market traders have said and is now acting on it to help create a vibrant market that will rival some of London’s best.

For further information about the Surrey Street improvement works, please contact Paul Forrester, programme manager on paul.forrester@croydon.gov.uk

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