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The first new car park to be delivered as part of the £50 million Hednesford Gateway development has been opened to the public by developer St. Modwen in time for the school summer holidays.

Over 50 new car parking spaces are now open on Phase One of the development, accessible via Victoria Road. The opening of the car park was accelerated by St. Modwen in order to provide extra parking facilities to meet the expected rise in demand for both town centre and Hednesford Park visitors during the school summer holidays.

Mark Watkins, development surveyor for St. Modwen commented: “We are delighted to have delivered this new provision in time for the school holidays and would like to thank the people of Hednesford for their patience during the works to deliver this car park. The spaces here are now reserved solely for public use, with contractors on the development being allocated their own parking area to ensure visitor parking is not inhibited by construction traffic. This car park will be extended as works on Phase One progress and will eventually deliver 170 new spaces to the town centre including designated disabled spaces. Parking is currently free and available 24/7 at the car park which will be transferred to Cannock Chase Council ownership on completion of Hednesford Gateway.”

The new car park is supported by further free parking spaces on Phase Two of the Hednesford Gateway project, at Hednesford Bus Station off Victoria Road. 640 free shoppers’ spaces, served by new bus stops, will eventually be delivered on Phase Two as part of the new Victoria Shopping Park, which will include a flagship 80,000 sq ft Tesco store.