penrith high street

High Street is getting a facelift

Penrith’s High Street is about to get an upgrade that will help transform the city centre.

The Penrith council will be injecting new life into the street by improving and increasing outdoor dining spaces, making shops easier to access and making the city centre more sustainable for the future.

There are also plans to upgrade drainage infrastructure to reduce flash flooding and help future-proof the area.

According to a statement on the Penrith Council’s website, the upgrade will be a city-shaping project that will renew the city centre and have major benefits for residents, workers, visitors and local businesses.

The upgrades will make High Street a more attractive destination for all.

Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said in the statement that High Street is Penrith’s city centre and is in real need of upgrading.

“These works will make it an attractive and inviting place, somewhere everyone can access easily, and provide more opportunities for businesses to thrive in a 24-hour economy,” Cr Thain said.

Will there be disruptions?

Cr Thain noted that there will be some disruption while the upgrade works are taking place.

“We know that disruption is never welcome news, but it is necessary to renew the city centre and give Penrith a main street we can all enjoy now and for years to come.

“Council staff are doing everything possible to minimise the disruption and keep High Street open for everyone,” he said.

The works will be done in sections and overnight where possible to try and minimise disruption.

Section 1 of the upgrade is set to start on Monday 9 April, with works happening between Woodriff and Station streets. Those travelling to this area should note there will be some changes to traffic access during the works.

Further information about the project and how it will help in creating a thriving economy in Penrith can be found at council’s High Street Upgrade Project page.


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