The massive regeneration of the area around Plymouth Station has reached another milestone with the submission of a planning application for a new multi-storey car park.

Plymouth City Council is submitting the application for the structure which aims to be more modern and accessible than the current concrete car park opposite the station entrance.

The new car park will have:

  • 460 parking spaces arranged over six storeys
  • EV charging facilities with capability to expand as demand increases in the future
  • A new mobility hub which will offer more transport choices to reduce private car use. This could include electric bikes, electric vehicles available for hire, bike parking, lockers for delivery and storage
  • Disabled and family parking spaces

Should the scheme be given the go-ahead, the car park will be built to the east of Intercity House on the site of the former RISC building.

Council Leader Nick Kelly said: “This is another big step in the right direction for this massive project to create a much better and more fitting welcome for people arriving by rail to this city.

“I am pleased to see the design detail includes plans for a mobility hub, which will help people who visit Plymouth to make greener choices about how they travel around our city.”

The proposed multi storey car park is another piece of a complex jigsaw that is seeing the gradual transformation of the entire area around the station and the creation of Brunel Plaza.

The new car park’s location heralds a significant change to how private vehicles will be allowed to use Station Approach. It is intended that all private vehicle trips to and from the new multi-storey carpark once operational will enter and exit from North Road East (Station Approach) which will be widened into two lanes rather than the current one-way configuration.

This will remove the majority of the vehicle movements from out the front of the station, create more space and improve the welcome for visitors arriving at Brunel Plaza.

If all goes according to plan and permission is granted, work could start as soon as autumn 2022 and should be completed by summer 2024.

Once the new car park is open and operational, the old multi-storey will be knocked down creating developments sites for further university campus extensions and a new hotel.

Major work has been progressing at Intercity Place – the tower above the station, with existing fixtures and fittings being removed from the building to prepare for its wholesale refurbishment as a new Faculty of Health for the University. Work is also nearly finished on the doubling the size of the ticket gateline to make it easier and smoother for passengers to get in and out of the station. Changes are also being made to the entrance to the station and to improve the retail offer on the concourse and the platforms.

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