South West Trains has confirmed that Andover will be the first station to benefit from a multi million pound investment in station car parks.
Work will start on a new car park in early October, creating an additional 200 spaces for passengers using the Hampshire station. The new car park will offer improved security with extra CCTV cameras, and a customer help-point.
Earlier this year, South West Trains announced that it would be investing £50 million in customer improvements across the network as part of an agreement with the Department for Transport. This significant investment will see around 1400 extra car parking spaces introduced across eight key stations.
Andover will be the first station to benefit from the investment programme. The new car park is planned to open in Spring 2016. Whilst construction work takes place, the existing car park will be closed. South West Trains has carried out an extensive information campaign advising passengers of alternative arrangements during the works. Further information can be found at southwesttrains.co.uk/carparks or by dropping in at the station.
Cycle parking at the station will not be affected. As a result of partnership working with Test Valley Borough Council, tailored season ticket parking will be available in the Chantry Centre and Shepherds Spring Lane car parks to cover the period of the rail station car park closure. There are a number of scheduled bus routes that link the Chantry Centre bus station with the rail station.
The existing parking restrictions in Station Approach and The Avenue will remain in place and allow short stay parking for up to two hours. This will provide an option for drivers dropping off or picking up rail passengers while the station car park is closed.
Alistair Wright, Head of Station Property for South West Trains, said: “We’re making huge investment in our car parks over the next two years that will deliver major benefits for our customers.”
“With over a million passengers now using Andover station every year, it’s vital that there is enough space for people to park. Improving the car parking capacity at Andover has been a key priority for us and we are pleased it will be the first station to benefit from our major improvement programme.”
Test Valley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, Councillor Martin Hatley, said: “The new car park at the station will enhance the area and make it easier for residents, commuters and visitors to travel to and from Andover. We are working closely with South West Trains to ensure that minimal disruption is caused while the work is being carried out and we look forward to having an excellent, much needed, new car parking facility in Andover.”
For more information visit southwesttrains.co.uk/carparks.
There are two car parks in the town centre, which have together a capacity of over 300 spaces. They are within a walkable distance from the station.
Shepherd’s Spring Lane (marked A on the map)
- Open Monday – Saturday 6:30am – 8pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm
- Cost £4.10 per day
- Approximately 15 minutes walk form the station
Chantry Centre (marked B on the map)
- Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 10pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 9am – 5pm
- Cost £5.50 per day
- Approximately 12 minutes away from the station
Please check the walking map for details. Taxi rides from the town car parks to the station are around £5. There are also local buses, which can take you near the station.
Short Term Parking
You are able to park along Station Approach and The Avenue for up to two hours and this area can be used for meet and greet, drop offs and short term parking.