eastgate shopping centre car park

As part of a £750,000 investment in the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre car park, the carpark will be closed for four days this week.

Work will be taking place between Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th August to refurbish the ramps leading up to the roof.

During this time, the entire car park deck at Eastgate roof top car park will be closed. Motorists are being advised they will have to park in Kings Walk or other car parks around the city while the work takes place.

The ramps off Brunswick Road to the service yard will remain open for deliveries to the shops at Eastgate but there will be no access at all to the car park.

This work forms part of the City Council’s investment into car parking in the city centre.

Following the work to improve the ramps, a new ‘pay on foot’ parking system will be introduced at Eastgate Shopping Centre and Kings Walk, allowing customers to pay for their parking once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city, rather than feeling the need to rush back before their ticket runs out.

The new parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on both entrance and exit.

In addition to the ‘pay on foot’ payment machines, users who are paying by contactless debit or credit card will be able to ‘wave and pay’ on entry and exit. A sensor will register the payment allowing the customer to visit the car park without having to receive a ticket at the machine.  This is expected to go live in September, but until then the existing pay and display will remain in operation.

Work has also been done to resurface the damaged road surface and faded parking lines. This is the first major overhaul of the rooftop surface for many years and will substantially extend its life.

Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “We’re committed to making our city centre as attractive and convenient as possible for our residents and visitors.

“I’d like to thank people for their patience while we carry out these much needed improvements, and apologise for any inconvenience in the short term.”

Details of parking managed by Gloucester City Council can be found here:http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/parking-travel-and-roads/Pages/Gloucester-Car-Parks.aspx

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