Potters Bar station revamp work hits trade

PUBLISHED: 18:32 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Work near the railway station

Work near the railway station

FEARS by traders that they will go out of business during the revamp of a railway station forecourt are proving unfounded - for now. However, one shopowner is convinced trade on Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, will be affected once the school holidays are over.

FEARS by traders that they will go out of business during the revamp of a railway station forecourt are proving unfounded - for now.

However, one shopowner is convinced trade on Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, will be affected once the school holidays are over.

The work means buses can park in the 14 parking bays on either side of the busy lane, leaving customers to park elsewhere.

Chris Piercey, of Elaines Stationers, said: "Leading up to Christmas time we need these parking bays.

"They are valuable to us and they won't be there.

"Trade is down in general anyway but we won't get the full impact until the kids are back at school.

"At the moment people are still parking there out of habit."

Errol Ozyukselem, of Pasalet restaurant, agreed.

He said: "It's not just us - a lot of people are losing customers.

"It's ridiculous for parking round here."

Jacqueline Butler, of KB's Café, added: "At the moment parking has been made difficult for everybody.

"We're not too impressed with that."

The 20-week programme, which started on August 11, should be finished in time for Christmas.

It is hoped the works will improve access for buses, private hire vehicles, and safety for pedestrians.

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