Work to provide a new temporary car park on the site of the former county council Lonsdale Building at the rear of the Citadel in Carlisle is due to begin on Monday 17 June.
The 90 space car park on Bush Brow will be open 24 hours a day and will include two electric vehicle charging points, disabled bays and cycle spaces. It will be pay and display at a rate that is in line with other nearby car parks in the area and users will have the convenient option to pay by phone or buy a ticket from a machine using cash or card.
This area of the city is already particularly busy with train station users and shoppers and as the use in rail transport is expected to increase, the additional capacity will help support this growing demand and provide easier access for this.
The long-term ambition for this area is that it is to be rejuvenated as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal Carlisle Station Gateway and Citadels project. Details of this project are being negotiated with Government.
Cumbria County Councillor, David Southward, Cabinet Member for Economy and Property said: “We are always keen to make best use of our assets even on a temporary basis. This is a great opportunity to improve parking provision in the city centre, to reduce congestion and ultimately improve the highway network and help keep Carlisle moving as there will be more choice of places to park.”
The car park is due to be completed towards the end of the summer.