Drivers are facing weeks of roads misery as the council begins work on its controversial Station Road West multi-storey car park.
The authority has announced that the £9.1 million project will formally begin on Monday, November 12 – as the frantic Christmas shopping season gets underway.
First will a sewer will need to be diverted with temporary traffic lights at times and a full closure of Station Road West at others over an 11-week period.
Between Monday, November 12 and Sunday, November 25 there will be two-way temporary lights.
Then from Monday, November 26 to Saturday, December 15 Station Road West will be closed to through traffic, with a diversion along St Dunstan’s Street and North Lane.
The road will then reopen January 2 when it will again fully close for six weeks.
During the road closures, a new entrance and exit for Station Road West car park will be created at the St Dunstan’s Street end. This will also allow entry to the railway station car park.
Access to the overflow station car park and the council’s temporary car park near The Spires will not be possible from St Dunstan’s Street. Traffic will have to enter via North Lane.
Work on the 380-space car park will begin when the sewer diversion is complete. No date has been set for that.
The council says the car park is needed to meet the demand for spaces in this part of the city over the next 32 years.
Chief executive Colin Carmichael said: “We’re now able to confirm the timetable for the enabling work for this important and much-needed project for Canterbury, which ensures the parking requirements of residents, visitors and railway station users are met for many years to come.
“We also know how much the businesses in that area of the city need this car park for their customers to use. The importance of this is often overlooked, but it is part of our commitment to traders in and around St Dunstan’s.
“The car park will feature the very latest camera and barrier technology, 20 electric vehicle charging spaces initially, with more planned for the future, and a large number of blue badge and parent and child spaces on the ground floor.
“It will serve an area of Canterbury that is only going to get busier in the years ahead as the population increases. By going ahead with the project now, we are demonstrating we are planning for the future and providing the city with the infrastructure it needs.”