Centre car park closure reminder

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MOTORISTS are being reminded that a town centre car park will be closed for several weeks while improvement works are carried out.

The basement car park adjacent to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, will be shut to both vehicles and pedestrians for an estimated three weeks.

The car park closed yesterday.

The £150,000 improvement scheme will include a full re-surfacing of the car park; re-marking of bays, pedestrian walkways and crossing points; creation of extra disabled parking bays; re-location of electric vehicle bays; better lighting; refurbishment of the fume extraction units and re-painting of walls and ducting units.

Phil Hepburn, Hartlepool Borough Council’s parking services manager, said: “Although it is inevitable that there will be some disruption - and we would like to apologise in advance for this, the works will result in an improved car park for all users.”

The aim is to complete the work before the busiest pre-Christmas period.

While work is being carried out, a temporary traffic management scheme will operate in the Westside Car Park, next to the basement car park but on market days, Thursdays, there will be no access for vehicles to Westside from Villiers Street.

Mr Hepburn added: “During the improvement scheme there will be plenty of alternative parking spaces in the other town centre car parks.

“For convenient access to the shopping centre, we would recommend that motorists use the multi-storey car park which is accessed from Stockton Street.

“Pedestrian access from York Road into the shopping centre will be maintained via the ramp alongside the Central Library.”