More shoppers will be able to park in the West End of the city centre, thanks to the opening of a new car park next to Plymouth’s brand new coach station.
Contractors South West Highways have put the finishing touches to the new layout of the car park which will have room for 90 vehicles.
The car park is located on the western end of the new look coach station on Mayflower Street which will open for services on Thursday 8 September.
Lines have now been painted and ticket machines installed. Access to the car park will be from Mayflower Street.
The road layout on Mayflower Street is also being adjusted with lights installed as part of the traffic control system for the new coach facility.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, Councillor Steve Ricketts said: “This site has been utterly transformed. As well as a brand new coach facility, we wanted to make sure as much parking was made available as possible. We’d like to thank the local traders for their cooperation while this work took place. We hope that this space will mean more people parking here and popping in to see what our independent businesses have to offer.”
Doug Fletcher, Chair of the City Centre Company added: “Another place for people to park in the city centre can only be a good thing for our businesses. City centres have to keep changing to keep things fresh. The new coach station and car park will help increase the number of people coming into the West End – we hope some of them will help get tills ringing in the shops and businesses nearby.”
More space is also being made available in the taxi rank on Mayflower Street. and five spaces are provided within the new car park for taxis and private hire vehicles to drop off coach passengers.
The new coach station and car park will replace the tired outdated coach station at Bretonside, which is being redeveloped as part of a major investment package proposed by British Land, the owner of Drake Circus and the UK’s largest listed retail landlord.
The proposal for ‘Drake Circus Leisure’ is for a 12-screen cinema complex, 13 restaurants as well as parking for over 400 cars as well as extensive improvements to public areas with features, seating and planting.