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Home | News | Latest Award | Preston car park named among the nation's safest and most secure

Preston car park named among the nation's safest and most secure

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Posted in Latest Award by PM on 9:17 03rd September, 2018

The multi-storey car park at Preston Bus Station has been named among the best in the country by the British Parking Association.

The car park at the Grade II-Listed building, owned by Lancashire County Council has been granted Park Mark accreditation, which is awarded following a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and British Parking Association.

The county council has also received Disabled Parking Accreditation for the car park.

The independently-assessed Park Mark is a national accreditation for car parks, which assesses the management and maintenance of the car park itself, as well as ensuring appropriate surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for motorists and vehicles.

Mark Osmond, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Lancashire County Council has achieved Park Mark, as well as the Disabled Parking Accreditation. These awards reflect the commitment and hard work by staff to ensure facilities are of a high standard and cater for all users.”

As part of the recent multi-million pound redevelopment of the building by the county council, work has been completed on the car park levels including repairs to the concrete, improved lighting, new security cameras, and repairs and improvements to the access ramps.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet member for highways and transport said: "We're very proud to receive this Park Mark. We know that some people chose not to use this car park in the past, but things are very different now.

"Our recent redevelopment work has made the car park levels more welcoming and is already encouraging more people to park there.

"We've carried out a lot of work on the bus station and the car park, and this accreditation clearly shows that we've made changes that benefit people who use the car park."

Preston Bus Station has been owned by the county council since 2013.

The car park has also achieved the Disabled Parking Accreditation, which is owned by Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK), and managed by the British Parking Association.

The assessment criteria include clear information and instructions for the use of the building, as well as level access between for people using the car park or lifts and ramps provided.

Car park operators with the Park Mark award can use the signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safe parking.

For your nearest Park Mark car parks and more information, visit www.parkmark.co.uk

Photo: (left to right) Peter Bell, Regulation and Enforcement Manager, Lancashire County Council, Councillor Keith Iddon, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Lancashire County Council and Mark Osmond, Area Manager, British Parking Association.

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