Car park extension completed
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 June 2014
A £700,000 car park extension to provide extra spaces for commuters in Backwell has been completed.
The scheme was finished £50,000 under budget and councillors hope the extension at Nailsea and Backwell station will alleviate parking problems in nearby streets.
The number of spaces has been increased from 123 to 285, with six motorcycle spaces, cycle racks for an extra 40 bikes and improved access to and from the site.
A new CCTV system has been installed as well as a state-of-the-art drainage system to help reduced flooding.
Parking charges are being introduced to pay for the extension as well as ongoing maintenance and staff monitoring.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for highways, said: “The project is the result of a demand for extra spaces, with the previous car park often being full by 7.30am which has created a long-standing parking issue on roads near the station.
“Offering more spaces at the station has a positive impact on the lives of local residents and also aims to encourage other people to use the train rather than driving to work.”
For more information about the charges visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/carparks