Car park to re-open on Saturday

Tuesday Market Place Refurbishment

The Tuesday Market Place car park will re-open on Saturday, 9 November 2013, as the 16-week Tuesday Market Place refurbishment programme nears completion.

Work began in July 2013 to refurbish the Tuesday Market Place. The aim of the £1m project was to maintain the square’s flexibility as an outdoor events venue, whilst making more of the space available by restricting traffic and encouraging local eateries to make use of new paved outdoor areas.

As part of the project the car park has also been completely resurfaced and two zebra crossings have been installed. Some new street lighting will be installed in the next week or two.

The granite area, on the south side of the Tuesday Market Place is a pedestrianised zone, whilst the paved area on the east side is now permanently closed to traffic from 10am until 10pm, and open for deliveries only between 10pm and 10am.

The car park comprises 200 spaces, of which 21 are free 20-minute spaces. These have been incorporated into the design to compensate for the loss of free on-street parking. The free spaces are demarcated by maroon bays with tickets available from the maroon ticket machine. Two of the free spaces are disabled bays, which are free for 20 minutes plus 10 minutes grace. Fees for the car park are the same as other short-term council-owned car parks in town.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This extensive project will be completed on time and within budget, which is great news. The car park will be fully opened on Saturday in plenty of time for the lead up to Christmas. The paving will be completed over the next couple of weeks and the Christmas trees are due to be installed mid November, ready for our Christmas lights switch-on event on 28 November.

“The Tuesday Market Place is one of the finest market squares in Europe. This refurbishment helps to make the most of its assets whilst maintaining its core use as a car park.”

 

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