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Busy public thoroughfare lined with buildings on either side, with tree plantings and public bins in the middle. People walk and ride their bikes along the street in the daytime.

The partnership between the state government and council is a natural result of the successful Leigh Street demonstration project, launched in July 2012 as part of the government’s Vibrant City agenda with the support of council.

Adelaide City Council have agreed to match the state government’s $7.3 million 2016/2017 budget commitment towards the project, which council has included in its draft 2016-2020 strategic plan.

The upgrade project encompasses Bank Street, Leigh Street, Topham Mall, Bentham Street and Pitt Street and will create an exciting and vibrant pedestrian and cycling connection between the Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Riverbank for the 15,000 people who pass through these laneways daily.

Recent engagement activities conducted by council have indicated there is strong support from the community and local businesses, with people seeking more greenery, pedestrian prioritisation, better lighting, art and enhancement of the character and atmosphere of these streets. Many businesses have creative ideas for enhancing city space, ranging from lighting to street closures for outdoor dining.

In response, the ‘Market to Riverbank Link’ will feature upgraded intersections, new paving, lighting, trees, landscaping, street furniture and public art. Work on designing these spaces will commence immediately, with local business and community feedback to be sought on the forthcoming designs.

Capital works are expected to start in early 2017 and be completed in 2018.

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