Traders in Market Street have said the decision to re-open it to traffic has seen a boost in trade.

The street, which re-opened on a one-way system in November, now has 26 new car parking spaces for visitors to use for free for 30 minutes.

Feedback from traders has claimed an increase in footfall on the street and visitors making good use of the new parking spaces to nip into the town centre.

The gates are now open 24 hours a day to allow permanent access to traffic. Michael Reardon, owner of Bragg handbag shop, said: “The re-opening of Market Street has made the town centre much more vibrant.

“It feels re-vitalised, like we’ve got our town centre back again.”

The street has been opened on a 12 month trial basis during which time, the council would appreciate all comments and feedback from traders and visitors to the town centre.

Other feedback from traders has included takings doubling in the first week, visitors finding it easier to collect items and there are generally more people in the street, which therefore improves business.

Bernadette Owen, owner of Northcoates hair, said: “I have always pushed for the street to be opened to traffic and now that it has it feels like Chorley’s vibe is back.”

Lorna Donnelly, manageress of Eastham’s Secret Garden, said: “The re-opening of Market Street is a real positive step towards rekind- ling Chorley as a market town.

“Unsurprisingly footfall has increased and this is reflected in our sales and visitors now find it much easier to collect gifts as they can park just outside. The campaigning from local business owners has really paid off.”

If you have an opinion on the re-opening of Market Street, feel free to tweet @chorleycouncil or send a Facebook message to Chorley Council. Alternatively, call on 01257 515151.