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March
2014
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Europe/London

Car park closing to allow construction of retail development get underway


The council-owned market car park at Union Street and George Street will close on the evening of 5 April 2014 to allow construction to get underway on the £150m Victoria Gate retail development.



Along with the John Lewis flagship store, 30 retail and restaurant units and casino, the development will feature a new high quality 800 space multi-storey car park on the Millgarth Police Station site, which will open in Autumn 2016. The council secured the Millgarth land from the West Yorkshire Police Authority to enable Hammerson, the developer of Victoria Gate to build and operate the new multi-storey car park.



Information has been displayed at the car park forewarning motorists of the closure and suggesting alternative parking. For a full list and map of city centre car parks visit www.leeds.gov.uk



In advance of the start on site there will be closures to westbound bus stops on Eastgate from Sunday 30 March. Eastbound services towards Leeds Bus Station will also use different stops, while two new stops will be added at the top of Eastgate and on The Headrow, opposite Primark. For more detailed information visit www.wymetro.com/victoriagate/



Cllr Richard Lewis, executive board member for economy and development, said:

“We appreciate that there will be inconvenience caused by closing this car park and have worked to forewarn motorists and neighbouring local businesses. The closure will enable the much welcomed redevelopment of this area of the city, bringing a massive retail boost to the city, creating thousands of jobs and training opportunities and new high quality parking.”





ENDS



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