Building site car park to finally shut

WATERDALE Central car park in Doncaster town centre will close permanently from next Monday, September 12, as work continues on the town’s £300m civic and cultural quarter (CCQ) project.

The final section of the car park will be closed in order to allow preparations to start on Doncaster’s new performance venue.

Doncaster Council and development partner Muse Developments have gradually phased out use of the car park over the past few months, in order to allow work on the CCQ to progress.

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Meanwhile, the new 850-space Civic Quarter Car Park is close to completion, with most floors already open to the public.

The car park will be fully operational by the end of September.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “The transformation of Waterdale is certainly gathering pace and the closure of this car park is necessary as part of the plans.

“Plenty of parking remains in the area, including the newly refurbished Civic Quarter Car Park.

“This is an important regeneration project for Doncaster and the new attractions and facilities should make a real difference for the town centre and the whole borough.”

The “first phase” elements of the CCQ project, including the new civic offices and council chamber, should open late next year.

The second phase of the regeneration project, which includes the proposed new £22m “performance venue”, is then scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2013.

Construction work is already underway on both the town’s first public square and on Doncaster’s new civic offices, which are being built on the former site of a further education college.

Roads have also been changed in the area as the development continues.

Private cars are now banned from Waterdale and drivers now instead use College Road, which was once a dead end, but has now been made a through route.