Wednesday, July 15, 2020

News: Investment in Rotherham town centre car parks


Rotherham Council is investing £380,000 to upgrade parking facilities in the town centre.

Drivers using the multi-story car park on Wellgate will be able to use any of the four new pay and display machines which will accept card and contactless payment options as well as coins.

Visitors can also use the cashless RingGo option where customers pay through phoning the service or by downloading the App.

Parking sessions paid for via the RingGo system can be topped up if customers are unexpectedly delayed in returning to their vehicles.

The car park has also been the subject of a deep clean and is being decorated internally to give a brighter, lighter finish.

As part of the swap to pay and display, the ticket barriers at the entrance and exit of the car park will be removed. Newly installed signage informs customers of the change to the payment options.

Drummond Street, Wellgate North and Clifton Hall car parks in the town centre now have gleaming new tarmac surfacing and bay markings. These car parks already offer cash, contactless and RingGo payment options.

New boundary fencing and signage is also to be installed at these car parks.

In addition to the work in the car parks, 24 of the Council's pay and display machines, some of which are in excess of 20 years old, are to be replaced with machines that offer card and contactless payment options as well as coins.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: "As part of our ongoing regeneration of the town centre continues, it is important that people visiting Rotherham have access to good transport links including car parking. I am delighted that these car parks have been upgraded to make the customers’ parking experience a more pleasant one."

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Unknown July 15, 2020 at 4:46 PM  

Who wants to visit a ghost town
And is willing to actually pay??

Equitime77 July 15, 2020 at 6:34 PM  

Who wants to visit a ghost town that has nothing to attract anyone and is impossible to drive around?

Anonymous,  July 15, 2020 at 7:32 PM  

Good old Rotherham Council throwing money away be better building houses on these sites and do away with parking

Samro July 16, 2020 at 12:16 AM  

You may have gleaming tarmac, but its still not free. What a way to kill a town centre.

Me July 16, 2020 at 12:46 AM  

Do you think by posing a negative comment as unknown at 16.46 as unknown, then with an identity with the same start to the message at 18.34 will have people take you seriously. If you lived here you will realise that there are problems. But also realise that there are good parts to Rotherham that are not realised because of small minded people like you, who just moan about everything. Get a life and realise what you have on your doorstep.

bobjimwhit,  July 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM  

too late.... why is rotherhama ghost town, because for years there has been no where to park, yet ten minutes away is a massive shoping centre with space for 20,000 cars.
today rotherham has pound land type shops, bookies, pawn shops, vaping shop etc...night life is for the druggies only
the council policies have destroyed what was a thriving busy metropolis into the dreggs of society... even 2 wetherspoons have shut down right in the town centre

Salixrw July 16, 2020 at 10:53 PM  

The problem with The town centre is they have pedestrianed it too much, I can remember when you used to be able to drive all way round where b&m store is and park outside or even drive past the bus station where brighouse store is towards the old rent offices, its run down I know but the council are trying, like spending millions on updating the inside and outside market and hopefully when the cinima comes near the old tesco that will bring some trade in but I must admit the parking is expensive but not as bad as parking in Sheffield.

Unknown July 17, 2020 at 10:06 AM  

£380000 thrown down the pan... i'm a witness to the decline of the town centre. Whoever thought up this idea probably thought a big outdoor TV was a good investment.. i can see people flocking to the t9wn centre now to park on the new tarmac before they go to a bank or charity shop,stopping off at Greg's for a pastie... congratz Rotherham Council... you're earning your pay...

Mr me July 17, 2020 at 2:27 PM  

Parking parking parking, people are obsessed with bloody parking, and quite where this idea comes from that town centres have free parking, I don't know. I actually get out of Rotherham regular and work all over country, and never see any towns or city's that give free parking on a regular basis. As for Rotherham being a ghost town, well same again,on my travels, I see virtually all towns and city's in decline other than tourist destinations. Days of centres being for shopping are done, leisure is taking over.

Spidercod July 18, 2020 at 8:32 AM  

Agree with the comments regarding pedestrianising the centre. The busiest part of town is now Wellgate, where traffic flows past and people can actually see whats on offer. Open the High street to traffic again and get rid of the ridiculous one way system on Corporation St.

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