Foregate car park set to be rejuvenated

Kilmarnock town centre is set to be completely rejuvenated with improvement works planned for the Foregate North car park.

The improvement works, which will start on Monday 16 March, are part of a larger integrated scheme which has already seen a much needed pavement being installed at the viaduct.

At the Foregate North car park, the works will include practical improvements including a new pavement around the perimeter of the car park replacing the current cobbled areas; an improved pedestrian crossing to the Foregate coupled with improvements to the car park itself which will include easier access to the car park, new parking bays to suit larger vehicles, the installation of an electric vehicle charging point and motorbike and cycle stands.

Councillor Jim Buchanan, Spokesperson for Delivering Community Regeneration said: “Throughout Kilmarnock town centre huge improvements have been made to the built environment. The historic heart of the town at Bank Street and John Finnie Street are being completely transformed with investment in our buildings but also through environmental improvements with new lighting and paths greatly enhancing the look of the town.

“At the Foregate this integrated approach will continue. We are making practical changes to the car park, improving both vehicle and pedestrian access to the Foregate area of the town, as well as addressing environmental issues. Trees will be planted to improve the look of this area, new lighting will be installed and the paths will be built using attractive natural stone.

“These improvement works will transform the north of Kilmarnock and enhance the offer for local people, visitors to the town and most importantly our businesses.”

The works will be managed by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance and carried out by McGivney Construction Ltd of Fenwick.

Works will start on Monday 16 March and it is anticipated the project will be completed by the end of May.

To allow the works to go ahead the car park will have to remain closed for the duration of this period and East Ayrshire Council and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance apologise for any inconvenience caused and can assure road users that disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.

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