Tontine car park in St Helens Town Centre has reopened today (Thursday 10th September) following an upgrade costing more than £200,000 by St Helens Borough Council.
The 255-space multi-storey car park in Exchange Street has been closed since February this year to carry out maintenance and improvement works which has seen a brand-new lighting system, new signage and re-lined parking spaces installed throughout.
Old and failing pay on foot equipment has also been replaced with brand new pay and display machines which take cash. Cash payments can also be made at Birchley Street; Hardshaw Centre; Millennium Centre and North John Street.
Payment can also be made by phone via the free mobile APCOA Connect App and the council is currently working towards offering contactless card payments and is hopeful this will be available in the very near future.
Covid-19 signage has also been installed, advising visitors to maintain social distancing and to wash their hands regularly.
The return of Tontine is a timely boost for car parking provision in St Helens Town Centre which has reopened for business amid the coronavirus pandemic, joining 12 other car parks – as well as various on street bays – as an option for visitors to park their vehicles legally during their stay in St Helens Town Centre.
Nearby Chalon Way remains open to permit holders only, while St Mary’s is still currently closed and will undergo maintenance work before reopening to the public.
A spokesperson for St Helens Borough Council said “I welcome the re-opening of Tontine which has received a significant upgrade by the council. Visitors are now able to park once again right in the heart of St Helens Town Centre and support our businesses which remains a priority for the council.”