Works have begun on a Park and Ride in Penzance on the site next to Sainsbury’s on the town’s outskirts.
The Park and Ride will be accessed from Jelbert Way and will provide 169 car parking spaces, 11 disabled parking spaces and eight coach bays. Over the coming months the Council will be looking to secure a bus operator to provide a shuttle service from the Park and Ride to the Scillonian Ferry.
It’s hoped the new Park and Ride will offset the loss of parking at Wherrytown car park (which is now being developed into the new Lidls) by providing a parking facility at a more strategic location on approach to the town from the A30. In addition, the shuttle service to the Isles of Scilly Ferry will offer an attractive option for Isles of Scilly Ferry passengers. Access into the town will be available by means of the existing bus service stopping in Jelbert Way. The provision of eight coach parking bays will also serve the visitor market by encouraging coach trips to the town.
CORMAC, on behalf of Cornwall Council, started works on Monday, 20 February and it is hoped works will be complete by the end of the year. The Penzance Park and Ride will be built on land owned by the Sainsbury’s supermarket chain, the development of which was one of the conditions on which planning permission was granted for their store, which is based just off the A30.
For three weeks at the start of construction a small section of Jelbert Way will have the road lanes reduced in width, two way traffic will still be able to travel along Jelbert Way during this period. This traffic management will be in place from approximately Tuesday 21 February 2017.
Bert Biscoe, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “The Penzance Park and Ride will be a great asset to the town, it is hoped that the new development will help improve traffic flow to Penzance town and encourage visitors to an already popular destination.”
Andrew Berryman, CORMAC Project Manager, said: “This is a straight-forward build that we expect to be able to undertake with a minimum of disruption to motorists, visitors, businesses and residents.”