Extra spaces now available at Manningtree car park
Greater Anglia has made extra car parking spaces available at Manningtree rail station, as work continues to expand the car park.
60 temporary spaces have been opened as work commences to expand the decked car park.
Ultimately there will be over 220 additional spaces once work is completed early next year, bringing the total to more than 800.
The existing one-storey decked car park is due be expanded sideways increasing its size by just under one third and creating an extra 45 spaces.
A boggy patch of wasteland beyond the decked car park is being drained and levelled to create 157 extra spaces.
An additional 20 Blue Badge spaces are being created by demolishing redundant buildings outside the station and making better use of other land at the station.
New more energy efficient LED lighting will be installed throughout the car park as part of the project.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia's Asset Management Director, said: “While the work has been ongoing, there has been a reduction in the amount of parking available at the station, so it’s great to be able to make more spaces available as the project nears completion.
“We are making sure that the station is ready for future growth by extending the car park and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers while the work is ongoing.”
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) has recently been installed at the car park, making it easier for customers to pay for parking by a variety of methods.
The work is part of a £25 million investment in improving car parks including installing ANPR at 20 car parks, adding an extra 1,782 spaces, fitting LED lights, improving CCTV and security and re-surfacing.