Improvements to station car park

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Resurfacing works, new ticket machines and standard weekday and weekend prices are coming to a car park in Flitwick.

Central Bedfordshire Council, which owns the land, is taking over full control of the Steppingley Road car park from March 31 and is investing in it to bring standards up.

Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities, services said: “We know that commuter parking can be an issue near mainline rail services and we wanted to continue to provide this important facility and improve it as well.

“The improvement works will be carried out over the weekend so any disruption to car park users will be kept to a minimum. Operation of the adjacent station car park managed by First Capital Connect will not be affected in any way.”

The site was purchased by the council during 2011 to enable future regeneration of Flitwick town centre. As part of the sale agreement the site was leased back to the former owner who has operated the site for car parking and warehousing up until now.

Central Beds will be carrying out surface repair works and the installation of ticket machines on the weekend of the April 5 and 6.

Other than this the council says it fully expects there to be no break in the operation of the car park and availability of spaces.

Signage informing car park users of this change in management will be installed shortly.

A flat charge will continue for parking of £5 per day between Monday and Friday and £1 on weekend days.

As part of the future redevelopment and improvement of this area, the council is working with partners towards providing much improved, and where feasible, increased car parking facilities, a public transport interchange centred on the rail station and new retail and commercial facilities.

It continues to work with Network Rail, Flitwick Town Council and other commercial operators in order to make this a reality. We will update the local community as we progress these plans.