Hexham's one-way system being reintroduced next week.

A temporary one-way system in Hexham that had been lifted in December to support residents and businesses during the Christmas trading period is to be re-introduced on Monday, January 8.

The one-way system will be re-instated to enable the final phase of street improvement work to take place and is likely to remain in place until early Spring 2024.

The temporary one-way system will enable work to take place quickly and safely on Hexham’s public realm improvement scheme which aims to revitalise the historic town centre and is focussing on the key corridor of Priestpopple, Cattle Market and Battle Hill.

Over recent years Hexham’s historic town centre has been in serious decline with one in five units in the key shopping area standing empty.

This led to a £3.5m investment by Northumberland County Council and Historic England to make Hexham a more attractive and vibrant place for people to live, work and visit, while also enhancing the Conservation Area status of the town centre.   

The public realm improvements are a key component of the investments underway and entire sections are now complete and looking significantly better than before. Improvements include upgrading paving materials, enhancing pedestrian safety, installing new planters and trees and re-configuring on-street parking to include an accessible parking bay, an electric vehicle charging point and wider bays.

In the New Year the works will move across to the north side of Battle Hill and Priestpopple and include repaving with natural sandstone and the introduction of planters to add colour.

Northumberland County Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, cabinet member for Supporting Business and Opportunities said:  “We lifted the one-way system during the run up to Christmas to make life easier for both traders and the public and help support local businesses.

“Throughout the scheme the council is continuing to take every measure possible to mitigate disruption to businesses and customers. This includes ensuring that access to properties and businesses is maintained and enabling deliveries as well as quick stops for shopping/collection, wherever practical.

“We really appreciate the patience of residents and businesses. It’s not always been easy but it is the only way to get the work done quickly and safely and bring much needed improvements to the streetscape of this beautiful and historic town.”

"Over the last few months retailer confidence in Hexham appears to have increased with a flurry of business openings in the town centre. Muro Lounge has taken on premises vacated by Argos more than three years ago, Mountain Warehouse has moved to a larger unit and three new independent businesses are due to open their doors in the coming weeks."