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The entrance signs at both ends of Shepherd’s Bush Market are in the process of being replaced.

The distinctive signs, which show images of some of the wares on offer in the market, have already been taken down to make way for fresh, new signage.

Transport for London, which owns the market, is carrying out the work: "Following discussions with the market tenants at Shepherd's Bush Market, TfL is funding replacement entrance signs at both ends of the market, to help improve and further promote the market," a TfL spokesperson said.

Traders have long been asking for improvements to be made to the market and have accused TfL in the past of not investing enough in the area.

During the London mayoral campaign last spring, market traders told Boris Johnson they were struggling to survive and asked, amongst other things, for the appearence of the market to be improved.

They were pleased at the end of last year when the Shepherd's Bush Hammersmith and City Line Tube station was renamed 'Shepherd's Bush Market', hoping it would encourage more people to visit.

The Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association Chairman (SBMTA), James Horada, says the new signage is another step in the right direction: "The Shepherd's Bush Market entrance signs at both ends of the market, on the Uxbridge road and the Goldhawk road, are being revamped. This is a long awaited agreement which the SBMTA had arranged with TfL at the cost of TfL.

"The SBMTA had expected this improvement to have been completed over a couple of years ago. However better late than never. We hope that the work is successful and that it is one of many steps to improving Shepherd's Bush Market," he said.

Transport for London declined to say whether any more improvement work was in the pipeline.

They said the current work should be completed by the end of April.

March 19, 2009