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New rail station car park to open Monday

PUBLISHED: 15:22 04 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

ANGLIA Railways' project to construct a new £2.5 million multi-storey car park at Ipswich Station has been completed on time with the car park scheduled to open on Monday.

ANGLIA Railways' project to construct a new £2.5 million multi-storey car park at Ipswich Station has been completed on time with the car park scheduled to open on Monday.

A ceremony to mark the opening will take place on the day at 11am in the ticket office foyer area of Ipswich Station.

A specially commissioned piece of contemporary artwork will be unveiled by the artist Alex Potter and Councillor Philip Smart of Ipswich Borough Council, who is also Chairman of Suffolk County Council's Rail Police Group.

This will be followed by a tour of the new car park for invited guests including Ipswich MP Jamie Cann and James Hehir, Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council.

The artwork to be unveiled commemorates a great figure of Ipswich, the Victorian engineer Peter Bruff who designed and built Ipswich tunnel, which is adjacent to the car park.

The two-storey building is located on the site of the former car park at the station in Burrell Road and has been built by Bourne Parking in conjunction with Anglia Railways.

Other project partners include Railtrack, The Charter Partnership and CPI. Work commenced in January this year and almost doubles the parking capacity to around 450 spaces.

In addition to the modern new multi-storey car park, the number of disabled parking spaces and parking for cycles and motorcycles at the station is being increased.

While construction ahs been taking place, temporary parking for station users has been provided at the Ipswich Borough Council car parks in West End Road and Portman Road.

Tim Clarke Anglia Railways' managing director today said: "I am delighted that Anglia Railways has successfully managed this major construction project, on time, and delivered yet another significant investment for rail passengers in the region.

"The increased parking capacity is a further incentive to encourage more people to take the train as well as providing our valued existing customers with as safe, secure and modern facility."

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