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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Northern Gas provides free car parking to offset road closure

A gas company says it hopes providing free parking will minimise the impact of work which has closed a town’s main street.

Wigton High Street is closed from the junction with King Street to the junction with Proctor’s Row.

This means that a section of the road lined with shops and businesses currently has no through traffic, something they claim could badly affect business.

However, Northern Gas Networks has agreed to fund free parking at the Water Street car park for the duration of the works.

Matthew McBride, site manager for the company, said: “We made the decision to fund parking in Water Street car park following feedback from local business owners and stakeholders at a community forum we held in December.

“We hope that free parking in the town centre will help minimise the impact of our works on local shops and businesses, and encourage local residents to continue to do their shopping in Wigton throughout the duration of our work.”

He added: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.”

The next stage of work will begin after the current section has been completed. It will last about four weeks, with the road being closed between Proctor’s Row and Lowmoor Road.

Jane Hollick, part owner of High Street shop Bron-ja and secretary of Wigton Chamber of Trade, said she was worried about the effect of the work.

But she praised Northern Gas Networks’ effort to work with businesses.

Mrs Hollick said: “They have kept us up-to-date and have been excellent.

“The free car parking will make a big difference – it’s not as busy as it was before the closure, but it’s busier now parking is free.”

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