A TOWN centre car park was today beginning a new lease of life helping to alleviate long-standing parking problems at Wigan Infirmary.
Mesnes Terrace multi-storey will no longer operate as a general car park after being sold by Wigan Council to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (WWL).
The move was first announced in September last year when parking chiefs revealed that the 309 space Mesnes Terrace was little-used by the public and as a result faced an uncertain future.
WWL has on-going parking problems at the hospital, and wanted to free up spaces for patients and visitors by operating a “park and ride” scheme from Mesnes Terrace for hospital staff.
The sale of the site secures the future of the facility and also protects the Wigan Shopmobility Service base, which operates from the car park.
Signs have been updated at the car park to inform members of the public about the changes.
The local authority says that ample alternative town centre parking is still available at the Galleries shopping centre, the Water Street multi-storey, Mona Street and Harrogate Street.
Wigan Council’s Deputy Leader, Coun David Molyneux, said: “This is a good deal and one that makes perfect sense.
“By working with our partners, we have managed to utilise a little-used and loss-making car park and turn it into an asset that we are sure many patients and visitors to the hospital will be grateful of due to the freeing up of parking capacity at the hospital.
“By working together we have also managed to continue to provide a base for the much-valued Shopmobility service.
“We provided a new parking area for Shopmobility adjacent to Mesnes Terrace Car Park and have invested in other town centre car parks such as Harrogate Street and Chapel Lane, which were in need of improvement to help serve the new public and council facilities at the new Wigan Life Centre.”