Kiosks are gradually being installed, and with utility work nearing its end shoppers and traders will soon see major signs of progress.

A new recent development saw the arrival of the kiosk that will be used as a café by Walter Wright, who also runs the market’s roundabouts. Another, which was installed a few weeks ago, will be used by Alf Sargent who has a shoes and keys business. He says he is really looking forward to moving in and trading.

It’s expected both will be open to the public very soon.

Tameside Council’s deputy leader, Cllr John Taylor, who has responsibility for markets, said: “I would like to thank all the traders on both the inside and outside markets, and the public, for their patience while the work is carried out.

“The biggest part of the job has been fitting the underground pipes and cables, but this is nearly finished now. Once it is, people will see a surge in activity.

“I would also like to thank the public for their interest in the project. We’ve had a lot of questions and a lot of people have told us they are excited about what’s going on.”

The redevelopment  – which follows extensive consultation with traders, shoppers and residents – will also see the introduction of landscaping and trees, new stalls, performance and seating areas, street furniture and lighting.