Bolton’s second new multi-storey car park will open tomorrow (March 10).
The Topp Way multi-storey car park has been built in a joint project by Bolton Council and National Car Parks (NCP).
The opening follows the completion of the flagship Deane Road multi-storey car park in December.
The four-storey facility on Bath Street contains 794 spaces and it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The car park will also house Bolton’s first town centre ‘Changing Places’ facility, for profoundly disabled people. As well as a toilet it features a changing bench and a ceiling hoist, which is operated electronically and can be used to lift people. The facility, on the ground floor, will open on March 29.
The town’s Shopmobility service, currently on Le Mans Crescent, is also moving in at the end of the month.
The car park boasts green credentials with an intelligent lighting system, which ensures that lights are only switched on in parts of the car park that are in use, or where natural lighting is insufficient. There are also five charging spots for electric vehicles.
Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development, said: “The car park will play a significant role in supporting future developments in the town centre and should also bring in new visitors. The ground floor lobby also includes space to accommodate potential small retail outlets as a future development.”
He added: “The changing place facilities is essential. There are people who currently can’t go shopping because they can’t use ordinary disabled toilets so the facility will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Mike McNeil, NCP’s Bolton Manager, added: "We were delighted to team up with Bolton Council in producing this state-of-the-art parking facility. We hope the Topp Way multi-story car park with its extra facilities will offer something much more than just a place to park for work or shopping visits."
Tariffs start at £1.40 for the first hour with a four hour stay costing £3.40. Contract parking is also available.