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Further sections of paving in Ryde Town Centre are to be replaced by Island Roads shortly.

The project is part of a programme of work aimed at improving the footway in a busy area around St Thomas’ Square and the High Street.

The work, which began today (Monday), is being done out of season and in phases in order to minimise disruption. Starting next week and expected to last up to 8 weeks will be work to replace the limestone slabs between Barclays Bank and Ladies Realm, and between Holland & Barrett and Nationwide on the eastern side of St Thomas Square.

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The work will then cease over the Christmas period and resume in the New Year when the existing footway between Fox Estate Agents and the Crown Hotel on the western side of the square/High Street as well as two small areas outside of Natwest Bank and one small area outside of Dig For Vintage will be repaved.

The work will see the former limestone slabs replaced with more durable concrete flag paving that match the previous look.

Alternative pedestrian access will be provided during the work and access will remain to all businesses. The work will be undertaken between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00.

Island Roads Highway design engineer Mark Dawson said:

“The feedback from the first phase of repaving last year on the eastern side of the High Street between the walkway to the Co-op car park and Holland and Barrett and the nearby stretch of St Thomas’s Square between Church Street and Union Street has been very positive.

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“We believe we have maintained the overall appearance of the original limestone flag paving but at the same time improved the footway in this very busy area.

“By its nature, the work is fairly intensive but we hope by programming it out of the main season we will keep any disruption to a minimum. We would also like to assure people that all businesses in this area will be fully accessible during work.”

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