A Fife councillor has praised all those involved in the £1.5 million upgrading of Market Street in St Andrews, which has now fully re-opened following its completion.
One of the principal shopping streets in the university town, it has undergone a massive facelift over the last 14 months thanks to a funding package spearheaded by Fife Council.
Local Councillor Bill Sangster said: ”This is a world class project which will be another attraction to tourists and shoppers from far and wide.”
The major contract was carried out by T&N Gilmartin Ltd and included widening the footpaths to improve access for pedestrians, relocating parking spaces, a bus stop to improve traffic flow and installing 18 new bicycle racks to encourage sustainable travel.
The road and footpaths were upgraded using a mixture of the existing old whin stone setts and reclaimed granite ones, while benches, bollards and bins have been replaced with new timber versions. Street lighting has also received an upgrade.
All shops and businesses remained open throughout the regeneration project which was carried out a section at a time to minimise disruption.
A key aspect was to maintain the street’s many historic features, such as the Whyte Melville Memorial fountain, and there are plans to return it to full working condition.
Lindsey Adam, chair of St Andrews Merchants’ Association, said:”Although the last 14 months have been challenging for the street’s traders, we’re all confident that when people come back and see the improvements for themselves and all that Market Street has to offer this will make up for the disruption.
”The icing on the cake would be the re-instatement of the fountain and everyone I have spoken to wants to see this happen.”