The Upgrade of King William Road was successfully completed on 2 December 2019, two months ahead of schedule and delivered against all project objectives for a more accessible, beautiful and active mainstreet and has provided a streetscape that meets current, and can truly adapt to changing, needs of the community. The upgrade has delivered a cooler street with the introduction of over 70 deciduous street trees that provide shade in summer and light in winter, two new dedicated pedestrian crossings allow safe and easy access from East to West. Pedestrian friendly lighting has created a safer environment for people within the street to walk and linger.
The new street design and flexible nature has provided opportunities for outdoor dining and activation along King William Road itself which was not possible prior to the upgrade. To date, an additional 20 outdoor dining permits have been issues, 13 using the newly created flexible spaces. This is an increased seating capacity of over 320 within the precinct. Vacancies have fallen from 22 prior to the upgrade to 7 in June 2020 bringing in a variety of new traders across all industries.
Foot traffic and visitation has also increase throughout the precinct with additional space provided to stop and linger and now, in 2020 adhere to physical distancing requirements. The cooler, green environment and increased activation also encourages increased visitation.