The closure of a 190-space Lincoln city centre car park has been pushed back to at least the new year after operators extended their contract for the site.
The St Mary’s Street car park is part of land allocated for the construction of the recently approved Lincoln Transport Hub and will be closed to make way for a new bus station, highway improvements and a 1,000 space multi-storey car park.
As reported in October, users were told the site would be closed ahead of schedule due to operators National Car Parks (NCP)’s contract expiring.
NCP and landowners Lincolnshire Co-op have now confirmed however that they have extended the lease to remain open over the festive period.
NCP Business Manager James Graham said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that we have secured a lease extension to keep the car park open following the potential concern that it would close at the end of October.
“Our customers have been telling us that they really want to remain parking here and it is great news for the city and the retailers that we can be here for this festive period.
“NCP is committed to Lincoln and is keen to retain what is a very popular car park for our customers, but we do understand that sometimes closures happen to make way for other developments.”
In light of the pending closure, NCP implemented reduced rates at their Lincoln High Street car park.
The new tariffs are:
1 Hour – £1.00 from £2.60
2 Hours – £3.00 from £5.20
3 Hours – £5.00 from £7.30
4 Hours – £7.00 from £8.40
24 Hours – £9.00 from £9.50
The all day rate has also been reduced from £9 to £5.
The Lincoln Transport hub is part of a major redevelopment of the area, which also includes Lincolnshire Co-op’s Cornhill Quarter plans.