New 1,000-space Lincoln car park to open ahead of schedule

The City of Lincoln Council has announced that the new 1,000-space multi-storey car park planned for the city will open two months ahead of schedule.

The new Lincoln Central car park, which forms part of City of Lincoln Council’s £30 million Transport Hub project, will now open on Friday, November 17 to coincide with the switch-on of the city’s Christmas lights.

The Transport Hub development includes:

  • New car park
  • State-of-the-art bus station
  • Improvements to the railway station forecourt
  • New access for vehicles into the railway station car park and pedestrian plaza linking Sincil Street and High Street to the city’s railway station

The Hub project is being built by Willmott Dixon and is backed by £13 million of funding from The Department of Transport and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

From 5pm onwards on the day of opening, the car park will be part of the city council’s free parking offer to encourage people to come into the city and enjoy the start of the festive shopping period.

Plans for the Transport Hub

The new car park will also provide a EV charging point for electric vehicles and disabled car parking spaces at ground and first floor level along with passenger lifts leading out into the Sincil Street and High Street areas and to the bus and railway stations.

Delays to the bus station

Previously, The Lincolnite published that the bus station was expected to be open by December 2017, however this has now been pushed back.

The scheduled opening date for the new bus station will now be in January, 2018. 

The current temporary bus station will remain open until the new one is operational.

Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “It’s fantastic news for Lincoln that we are able to bring forward the opening date of such a significant asset for the city.

“The overall Transport Hub development will play a key part in the city’s continued renaissance and promises to create an attractive and welcoming gateway to the city for residents, visiting shoppers and tourists alike.”

David Reid, Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon, said: “It is fantastic that we have been able to complete the new car park ahead of schedule too, just in time for the festive season.”