Lincolnshire

Boston Market Place reopens after £2m revamp

Work to improve a Lincolnshire town's 500-year-old market place has almost finished.

The £2m revamp of Boston Market Place began in July 2011 and closed the space to residents and traders.

The site, at the foot of St Botolph's, reopened to pedestrians on Friday with new zebra crossings and paving at the former taxi rank.

The Wednesday and Saturday markets will return to Boston after the May Fair which runs from 2 until 13 May.

Amanda Bond, senior development officer from Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We'd like to thank residents and traders for their patience while these improvements have been carried out.

"The project will help to vitalise the area, attracting new shoppers, visitors and investors."

Street furniture and new signs will be put up later in April and final stages of the project - such as pedestrian access through the Ingram memorial wall - will be completed in May.

On non-market days, parking spaces are available but the number of these has been reduced in a bid to make the area more "pedestrian friendly", the county council said.

Funding for the work has come from the county council, Boston Borough Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

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