Normal service will finally be resumed in Beckenham as the high street is set to return to a two-way traffic system.

Improvement works have been taking place since last year as part of a £4.4 million scheme to upgrade roads, bus stands, lighting and to introduce shared space pavement parking which will create "more footway when no cars are parked".

Conway, the infrastructure company leading the project, says the high street will be reopened to two-way traffic from September 24.

Bus routes, which have been diverted for months, will also return to normal.

Councillor Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation said: “This is very positive news.  Beckenham has a strong high street and the improvement work has been designed to support local businesses.  Our experience elsewhere has shown that when the High Street is improved, the local economy receives a boost as the enhanced environment attracts more visitors and additional businesses.

“We have always recognised the challenge the work would bring to traders and I would like to pay tribute to the business community in Beckenham, for their goodwill and patience whilst the work has progressed.  I would encourage local people from across the region and beyond to show their support and come and see what Beckenham has to offer.” 

Conway says it will continue working after September 24 to install pedestrian islands in Rectory Road, Croydon Road and Beckenham Road among various other projects in the area.