Amersham multi-storey car park extension is now open

Shoppers, commuters and visitors to Amersham will soon have hundreds more places to park in the town as the multi-storey car park extension opens next Friday (30/11).

Parking will be free in the car park on both Saturday and Sunday for the opening weekend.

The extension at the station car park in King George V Road has 502 spaces, increasing total capacity to 1046, along with provision for electric car charge points, CCTV and a lift.

Work to extend the car park has taken just over a year to complete and was carried out by contractors Balfour Beatty. The project was procured through the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework.

Cllr Mike Smith, Chiltern District Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "I'm delighted to say that the Amersham multi-storey car park extension will be opening to the public next Friday, within budget and in time for the busy Christmas trading season.

"The existing car park was full three days a week, but this extension provides 502 spaces which we anticipate will increase long-stay parking use here, freeing up more short-stay spaces in other car parks closer to the town centre, a potential boost for local businesses.

"This represents a multi-million pound investment for Amersham and its surrounding communities at no cost to the local tax payer as the income from the additional parking spaces will pay for the development over time.

"I'd like to thank residents and visitors for their support and patience throughout the construction period.

"Now that the extension is opening, I'd like to welcome our existing customers back and look forward to attracting some new ones too."

Dave Smith, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty's regional construction business in the South of England, said: "We are pleased to have collaborated with Chiltern District Council and Scape Group to deliver this fantastic facility which provides much-needed additional parking capacity for Amersham."

Victoria Brambini, Managing Director of Scape Procure, said: "This project will deliver much needed new infrastructure to Amersham's town centre. Working in collaboration with Balfour Beatty through our framework, Chiltern District Council have achieved the most cost-effective design, the lowest risk, as well as savings gained through early contractor engagement.

"The development will provide the local community with a much needed new car park and an improved experience for visitors, whilst simultaneously providing routes into employment for apprentices and graduates through work placement and training opportunities."

The car park charges remain the same as they were prior to the extension, and season tickets can be purchased from our website: http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/parking