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Author Topic: Work starts on new £20 million multi-storey car park for Didcot Parkway  (Read 10373 times)
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« on: April 10, 2017, 06:53:05 pm »

From the Great Western Railway press release:

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Work starts on new £20 million multi-storey car park for Didcot Parkway
 
£20 million work has begun today to build a new 1,800 capacity multi-storey car park at Didcot Parkway railway station.
 
The scheme, which is part funded by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will see the number of car parking spaces at the station increase by over 65% to 1,800.
 
The work, which to take place in the Foxhall Road car park, is being divided into two phases:
·         Phase 1 from April 17 to Summer 17: A temporary deck will be constructed over half of the car park, to be completed this Summer. The east end of the car park will remain open
·         Phase 2 from Summer 17 to Summer 18: Construction of a new multi-storey car park will begin and will be completed by next Summer.

GWR Regional Development Manager Tom Pierpoint said: “Didcot Parkway is used by over three million customers every year, and offers quick and easy journeys to Oxford, Banbury, Reading and London – making it a key hub. With London around 40 minutes away by train, a new multi-storey car park, complimenting new trains and more seats, will provide a better travelling experience for all those who use the station both now and into the future.”
 
In addition, Network Rail is constructing a new covered footbridge at the west end of the station. When completed, the footbridge will provide customers with a direct, covered walkway route from Foxhall Road car park to the station.
 
From October this year new Intercity Express Trains will enter service and provide over a fifth more seats per train, more tables in standard class, efficient air-conditioning, a digital reservation system and well-equipped kitchens, ensuring a more comfortable experience for passengers.
 
In addition, in early 2018 new Electrostar, suburban trains will start between Paddington and Didcot Parkway. These trains are eight carriages long, benefiting customers who travel between Didcot Parkway and intermediate stations.
 
GWR continues to investigate alternative parking arrangements to minimise the potential for a loss of parking space while work is being carried out.
 
Three car parks serve the station: Foxhall Road with 890 spaces, being increased to 1,800; Didcot East with 143 and Didcot West short stay with 43 spaces.


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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 10:32:13 am »

This start date is nearly a year after it was originally supposed to be. Looking at the detail I think it must be over the interim parking arrangements during construction; the original idea of constructing a temporary site located off the Didcot NPR connected by buses seems to have fallen by the wayside as it isn't mentioned.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 08:27:13 pm »

Oxford Mail: Didcot's new multi-storey car park 'almost complete'
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The £20m facility, located in the former Foxhall Road car park, is part funded by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and will see the number of car parking spaces at the station increase by over 65 per cent to 1,800. In September a footbridge connecting the five-storey car park to the station was lowered into place and the multi-storey opened a fortnight ago. Not all levels are open yet but GWR spokesman James Davis said the project was in its final stages and would be completed 'in days rather than weeks'.

Mr Davis said: "We will open levels 4 and five; the lifts, and Network Rail is to open their footbridge after the completion of snagging – shortly. ...
Mr Davis added: "At present we have now opened up to level 3, providing 1,340 spaces; so over 400 more than there ever has been before.

During the works parking in streets within half a mile of the station has noticeably increased, even where there is a posted restriction. Doubt the extra space and a decent footbridge  alone will attract them back.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 11:27:57 am »

A few parking tickets might....where restrictions apply
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 12:15:17 pm »

On street and council car park restrictions are not currently enforced in Didcot.
The police aren't interested and there are no traffic wardens or anyone else to enforce them, this is the policy of South Oxfordshire Disctrict Council.
Didcot Town Council are currently attempting to convice SODC to employ wardens to enforce the restrictions for the very reasons stated above.
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 12:17:51 pm »

Didcot TC may hto stump up the money then for SODC to employ them
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 12:29:45 pm »

Parking enforcement in South Oxfordshire is still the responsibility of Thames Valley Police, which has a lot else to do. Since 1 January 2017 there have only been 203 parking ticket issued in the whole of Didcot. Whilst out this morning I spotted about 6 cars on double yellows in the town centre alone. I bet all the cars I saw in Haydon Road and Lydalls Road near to the station will be there this afternoon during the one hour restriction period as well. The police only come out for reports of blatantly dangerous parking, eg obscuring junctions.

I understand the town council are looking at paying for a PCSO to mop some of this up in the short term, but there are areas where there never used to be a parking problem and therefore currently have no restrictions, where one has developed in recent years. Often it is not people travelling a long way to the station, but living a mile or two away elsewhere in Didcot. SODC (and VWHC) have indicated changes of policy to take over civil enforcement, but that will take at least a year to happen, probably more.

I can foresee some residents eventually taking matters into their own hands if nothing official is done. At the least it will be a big local issue come the next Council elections in 2019.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2018, 11:31:17 am »

The temporary scaffolding bridge will be dismantled on Sunday (16 December), with the new permanent bridge having been brought into use. The station itself will only be served by replacement buses as there will also be maintenance on the OLE.
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