Plans to add extra storey to train station car park revived
Plans to add another storey to a town centre park could be revived to alleviate commuters' concerns following the closure of the Brighton Road multi-storey.
Network Rail has confirmed it is exploring the idea of adding another level to the Sutton train station car park off The Quadrant as more of the borough's workers are finding it harder to park in the area following the closure of the Brighton Road car park.
The plans were first mooted several years ago but were put on hold as planning negotiations stalled. But, following the closure of the Brighton Road car park, which has been sold to Sutton-based company SubSea7 so it can build a new headquarters, Network Rail has said it is investigating the scheme again.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: "We are always looking at ways to provide a better experience for passengers at stations and are in discussion with the London Borough of Sutton about options for the future development of this car park."
The plans have been backed by Ross Feeney, the chief executive of Successful Sutton, the town centre's business improvement district, who said: "If there is an opportunity for that to happen that's something I would fully back."
People have been forced to make alternative arrangements following the closure of the 600 space Brighton Road car park at the start of the month but Sutton Council, which sold the car park to Subsea7, said it has not had a significant effect on other car parks in town and they still have spare capacity.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairwoman of the council's environment and neighbourhoods committee, said: "We studied parking capacity and usage very carefully before we made the decision to close Brighton Road and were confident there was sufficient space available. We are pleased that it has started well and will continue to monitor the situation.
"We realise, of course, that it has been inconvenient for some drivers and we are grateful for their willingness to change their routines."
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