Chester's Gorse Stacks car park will close permanently at the end of this month to enable work to begin on the city’s new bus interchange.
And the first phase of the development will also see the demolition of the much-loved Ship Victory pub after a hard-fought campaign failed to save the building.
The scheme - which also includes public realm improvements on Gorse Stacks and Brookdale Place - is part of a £13.5m local growth deal for Chester awarded by the Government following a case made by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The closure of the car park will take effect from midnight on Monday, August 31, to allow the site to be prepared for the start of construction.
The news comes just a couple of days after it was confirmed the Linenhall car park in Chester will be closing soon to make way for a major new student accommodation scheme on land owned by Chester Race Company.
Motorists currently using Gorse Stacks will be directed to alternative parking facilities at nearby Delamere Street and Brook Street, which both offer free parking after 3pm. Blue Badge parking at Kaleyards will remain available.
Metal hoarding with viewing panels will be erected around the site once contractor John Graham Construction takes occupancy on September 21.
The first phase of works will include archaeological investigations and the demolition of the former Ship Victory pub.
During November the road which runs to the southern side of the car park - also named Gorse Stacks - will be narrowed from four lanes to two to enable the site boundary to be extended.
This means it will become a one-way street, navigable eastbound only in the direction of Frodsham Street.
From early November bus services that currently use this route will be diverted along the inner ring road and enter Frodsham Street via Hoole Way roundabout.
Passengers will be able to board inbound services on George Street and Northgate Street, and outbound services at the existing bus interchange at Princess Street.
These arrangements will remain in place until the end of November 2016 when construction is due for completion.
A second phase of traffic management will be implemented from spring 2016 when public realm improvement works will begin. Details will be publicised closer to the time.
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “This is a milestone moment in the delivery of a much-needed, modern bus interchange for Chester.
“The scale of this construction project and its city centre location means that some disruption and disturbance is unavoidable. However, we are committed to doing all we can to keep this to a minimum.
“Local residents and businesses will be kept informed as work progresses and we are working with bus operating companies to ensure that passengers are aware of the changes to some services.
“The loss of 168 short-stay spaces at Gorse Stacks will be more than than offset by the newly-opened Delamere Street car park which provides 351 spaces.
“For cyclists who currently use Gorse Stacks, bicycle lockers will be relocated a short distance to the southern end of Brook Street and to Kaleyards.”
Residents and businesses meeting
John Graham Construction will adhere to considerate contractor obligations and a number of conditions are in place to guarantee the timing and conduct of construction activities.
Residents and businesses will soon be invited to a meeting where the contractor will explain the construction programme and sequencing of works.
The new bus interchange is due to open in early 2017, enabling the closure of the existing bus interchange at Princess Street and paving the way for work to commence on the £300m Northgate development.