The new and improved Andover station car park has formally opened today (Monday 9th May) – offering 480 spaces as well as better facilities and improved security for passengers.
Work started at Andover in January and in less than four months, a new deck has been added to the existing car park, providing more than 200 extra spaces. A new passenger help point, CCTV, improved pedestrian and cyclist access as well as better lighting will also be added in the coming days and weeks.
Andover is the first station on the South West Trains network to benefit from an expanded car park as part of the £50million investment being delivered to improve passenger experience. By the end of this year, 1,400 extra spaces will be available at eight stations.
South West Trains worked closely with Test Valley Borough Council to help provide alternative car parking while the work was carried out.
Alistair Wright, Head of Station Property, South West Trains, said: “We’re delighted to have finished the work to extend Andover station car park. We’ve nearly doubled the number of spaces available to make it much easier for passengers to travel with us.
“As well as the extra spaces, the new car park will offer better facilities for passengers including a new help point, CCTV, better lighting and new access for pedestrians and cyclists. We would also like to thank Test Valley Borough Council for their support throughout the project, in terms of providing alternative car parking and helping to speak to local residents.
“We’re sure passengers will appreciate the investment delivered here and we’re looking forward to opening more expanded station car parks throughout the year.”
Councillor Martin Hatley, Planning Policy and Transport Portfolio Holder at Test Valley Borough Council, added: “I am very pleased that the work to deliver the new parking spaces is now complete. The enhanced parking facilities will help to make a real difference to customers and will make it much easier for people to travel to and from the town.
“I would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding while the work has been carried out.”
Andover railway station car park works – at a glance:
Andover is home to one of the biggest populations of slow worms in the south. We relocated a number living nearby, built them new homes and installed special barriers for their protection
The new upper deck is 5,155 square metres – that’s roughly the size of 19 tennis courts
It was built by just 35 people with 10 different nationalities
Project was completed in less than four months
Now offers 480 parking spaces
The new car park is now open to passengers however some minor snagging works will continue to be carried out in the coming days and weeks.