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Improved car parking on its way for rail users

Motorists heading for Swansea railway station will have improved parking arrangements from Tuesday, April 30.

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Their dedicated rail user parking spaces will move from the Mariner Street car park to the top deck of the High Street multi-story.

There will be more spaces for rail travellers, a longer time allowance for those dropping off and picking up - and parking charges that are lower and more flexible.

The change comes thanks to an agreement between Swansea Council, Network Rail and Transport for Wales. The existing rail users car park - in Mariner Street - is to be replaced by an £85m development set to help regenerate the High Street area.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "We've worked hard with transport partners to ensure that train users have an improved experience when they need to park close to the station.

"Parking in the multi-storey will mean they have more spaces - a rise from around 46 to 96 - and they will no longer have to cross a main road between their car and station.

They will continue to park just two minutes' walk from the railway station entrance and have a 24/7 car park."

Mark Thomas, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: "Rail users will be paying less and will have more flexibility in the durations they choose to park. Their all-day rate will fall from £7 in Mariner Street to £6 in High Street - and the High Street facility offers low-cost parking for shorter periods too.

"The multi-storey's seven free short-stay spaces will have an occupation limit of 35 minutes, up from 20 minutes in Mariner Street. The stairwells have been painted and a new lift now allows wheelchair access to the top deck from the one below.

"Other upgrade work is planned - we want the facility to earn a Safer Parking Scheme national Park Mark award. Work is likely to include improved lighting and new CCTV cameras."

Stewart Keay, Transport for Wales' station manager for Swansea said:  "We very much welcome these new arrangements to the car-parking facilities at the station which will mean more dedicated parking spaces for rail users, flexible charges and waiting times.

"Access to the station will also be improved with the installation of a new disabled platform lift to allow disabled rail users access to the rail station car park.

"Transport for Wales is investing £5bn in transforming public transport throughout Wales over the next 15 years and an integral part of this investment will result in station improvements throughout our rail network."

New signs in Swansea will direct those arriving by train and car to the dedicated new parking area. Others will direct non-rail users to the multi-story levels other than the top deck. Charges are the same for all.

Swansea Council will manage the new rail users car park under a management agreement on behalf of Network Rail.

There is a 6ft 6in (1.98m) height limit on vehicles using High Street car park. Other council car parks nearby include a ground level facility in The Strand.

The Mariner Street site, along with an adjoining council car park which closed recently, has been taken on by student accommodation provider Fusion Students.

Fusion have started site demolition and will soon begin construction on their 17-storey 60m-high complex shortly.

Its 780 rooms will help the city cater for its growing student population and will see its young residents bring new life to the city centre.

Swansea has embarked on a programme of regeneration that, once delivered, will result in more than £1bn of investment.

It is hoped that this will create thousands of private sector jobs and a thriving city centre as well as first class leisure, business, retail and residential accommodation.

Online: Swansea Council car parks - www.swansea.gov.uk/citycentrecarparks

Photo: New signage pointing to the High Street multi-storey car park's top deck which is now a dedicated area for Swansea rail users.

 

 

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