Rochdale shoppers and businesses are in line for a timely boost with a new 200 space car park set to open at the former bus station site on Friday (28 November).
The shoppers’ car park, which will open at around 3pm, will make it easier for people to get into the heart of the town centre and access the Wheatsheaf and Yorkshire Street as well as other shops and businesses in the town centre.
The opening of the new facility, when combined with the car parks at Baillie Street and the former St Andrews Church site, will more than make up the loss of parking provision which followed the removal of the old bus station car park earlier this year.
As a council run facility, motorists arriving after 3pm on weekdays or using the site on Saturdays won’t have to pay, subject to the conditions marked out on the car park signs.
Cars can access the new car park via Baillie Street.
A series of pathways and directional signs have been erected on the old municipal office site to make it easy for people to access the town centre, and this will also open on Friday.
Longer term, both sites will be used as part of the mixed leisure and retail development, Town Centre East.
Cllr Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Environment at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “It’s important that we, as a council, support local businesses as best we can, and this new facility will make it a lot easier for people to use the many shops and services on offer in Rochdale. We’ve got some very exciting plans for this site in the long term, but for now, we are confident it will be very well used by members of the public.”