Work on improvements for Chippenham Car Park start this week
Sadlers Mead car park in Chippenham will be closed from Friday (10 January) as major improvement works to increase capacity and provide more electric car charging points begins.
The car park next to The Olympiad will close for 11 months as works begin on creating a new surface and multi-storey car park.
The new car park will increase the number of spaces from the current 165 to 237 car spaces, three coach spaces and six motorcycle spaces. There will also be 12 electric car charging points installed initially, with infrastructure for future points.
While the work is ongoing, the car park will be closed and drivers will need to use other car parks in the area. Vehicle access only will still be possible from Sadlers Mead to Monkton Park during construction activities. There is a pedestrian diversion in place either via Cocklebury Road/Monkton Hill or via Sadlers Mead / Monkton Park.
During the building work, the Emery Gate car park, which has a total of 342 spaces, will be open earlier from 6am-10pm daily to accommodate those needing to park early. There are also other alternative car parks nearby, which can be found here.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
I thank people for their patience as we make these important improvements which will provide more spaces, including electric car parking, in our growing town.
We have put plans in place to ensure there is sufficient car parking elsewhere while we invest in this key space which will ensure Chippenham can benefit from all the exciting economic opportunities in this thriving town.
The work will take place alongside the building of new headquarters for Good Energy, which is situated next door. Good Energy's new offices, currently in design development, will include cycle parking, solar panels and battery storage, with 40 parking spaces for the office building at ground level.