Park to get 30 more car parking spaces

jpco 14-5-14  Tilgate Park (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140513-114121001
jpco 14-5-14 Tilgate Park (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140513-114121001

Work has started on the extended car park at Tilgate Park, the first phase of Crawley Borough Council’s £1m new access road project.

The extension will see another 30 parking spaces created, new disabled parking areas, resurfacing and relining of the main car park and improved coach parking and turning facilities in the beautiful park.

The extended car park will be open in time for the Easter holidays.

The second phase of work will see the existing emergency access widened to become a 5.5m wide access road linking Tilgate Park to the A23, which will become the main vehicular entrance into the park. A new cycle path will also be constructed.

The road will have two narrower ‘pinch points’ to give traffic travelling in one direction priority and construction will reduce the number of visitors travelling through residential streets in Tilgate.The new access road will open before the start of the summer holidays.

Cllr Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “Tilgate Park is a wonderful place and visitor attraction but its popularity means that additional car parking spaces and the widened access road are needed to take the pressure away from residential streets in Tilgate.”