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Bury St Edmunds Parkway multi-storey 'essential' works will see a third of spaces out of action for up to 36 weeks

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Up to 200 spaces at a multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds will be out of use from next month due to a £1.4 million maintenance project.

A third of the spaces in Parkway multi-storey may be out of use due to the work, which is due to last 36 weeks and start on September 5.

It will include repairs to the concrete structure as well as improvements such as colour coding the parking levels and the pedestrian walkways.

Parkway multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds
Parkway multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds

During the works, West Suffolk Council will make the neighbouring short stay Parkway Surface car park available for both short and all day parking.

The 36-week maintenance programme to the multi-storey, built in the early 1990s, includes within it a six week break.

All spaces will be back in use during this break, from November 21 to December 31, to ensure there is capacity to meet extra demand on parking spaces in the run up to Christmas.

Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet member for Operations at West Suffolk Council said: “We recognise how important parking is and the role that it plays in supporting the town centre economy through the availability of both long stay and short stay spaces.

"We are reinvesting parking income to deliver this estimated £1.4m of essential works that will ensure the multi-storey car park can continue to be used by people coming to work in or visit Bury St Edmunds town centre, for many more years to come.

"While the repairs are essential, we will also use the opportunity this brings to make improvements that will benefit users of this car park.”

Residents and visitors are advised that the works will be noisy, particularly as concrete is removed to carry out structural repairs.

A council spokesman added: "While this is unavoidable, this will be restricted to daytime hours Monday to Friday. Measures will also be in place to control the dust generated."

Advanced warning signs will be going out in the coming weeks, while the council is formally advertising the Traffic Regulation Order to make Parkway Surface available to long as well as short stay users during the period of work on the multi-storey.