A CITY centre street full of bars and restaurants has been resurfaced during lockdown.

George Street has been resurfaced and also received improved drainage, repaired kerbstones and new road markings.

The £265,000 project was originally scheduled for September but was fast tracked to be completed during the lockdown to take advantage of the fact shops and restaurants were shut.

Liam Walker, the county council cabinet member for highway operation and delivery, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to bring forward this important piece of work to take advantage of quieter road conditions in the city centre."

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Mr Walker added: “We have teams working hard across Oxfordshire to deliver this year’s £32m road maintenance programme and I want to pay tribute to everyone who has helped to keep things moving under very difficult circumstances.”

Though George Street has been made ready for the return of cars, it has been cited as a possible area where restaurants should be allowed to have pavement tables as lockdown lifts.

The results of an Oxford City Council survey released last week found 89 per cent of a representative group of Oxford residents wanted to see street side tables.