Car park area to be improved

WOODBRIDGE is to have a new improved parking area around its station as part of enhancement work that has seen nearly £900,000 invested in the Suffolk Coastal area in the last two years.

WOODBRIDGE is to have a new improved parking area around its station as part of enhancement work that has seen nearly £900,000 invested in the Suffolk Coastal area in the last two years.

The project has been in the pipeline for some time but had been delayed because of problems with land ownership and other matters.

Deputy council leader Andy Smith said: “It is a shame there have been delays on this project but it has meant we have now been able to agree a much more comprehensive development that will produce more parking spaces, be far more visually attractive and much safer for everyone.”

The scheme will create at least an extra 12 car parking spaces for the station and Station Road car parks, including space for buses, and safer walkways for pedestrians.

Mr Smith said: “The work should be underway in the next few months and I am sure it will present a much-improved welcome to rail travellers, visitors and residents alike.”

Suffolk Coastal will put £50,000 into the partnership project, Suffolk County Council £134,000, plus contributions from private developers and Network Rail.

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The overall development of the area will also see a new set of public toilets, re-siting of existing recycling facilities, and is expected to include a skateboard park.

Mr Smith said: “We recognise the importance of having safe and attractive car parking to serve our town centres and tourist areas. I would hope that people would recognise that our car parks are much-improved and remain good value for money comparatively.”

Improvements completed include schemes at Dennington, Felixstowe Pier Bight, Leiston and Saxmundham town centres, The Hill at Wickham Market, Hamblin Road and Ferry Quay/Quay Street, Woodbridge. Work is also planned at Peasenhall.

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