Northgate End car park to close as revitalisation project proceeds
Published 26th May 2020
Northgate End building and car park with yellow and black East Herts logo in corner
The next stage of East Herts Council’s project to revitalise Old River Lane will see the closure of Northgate End car park on Monday June 1 to make way for a brand new multi-storey car park.

The 597-space multi-storey car park will include charging points for electric vehicles. It’s part of a new development to enhance this part of Bishop’s Stortford and bring forward a vibrant arts centre alongside an attractive public square, a mixed development of around 150 new homes, retail and commercial spaces.

Once the car park is closed, hoardings will be put up and services disconnected. Rydon Construction Limited is scheduled to then begin building work on Monday 15 June.  

In anticipation of the closure of Northgate End, the council created a new car park next to Charringtons House with 50 bays.  

Further car parking alternatives include: 

•    The council has made available approximately 40 spaces in the Chantry area. The cost of a permit varies from £400-£600/year, depending on the location of the bay and how close it is to the town centre. Permits will be issued on a first come first served basis. For more details email  

•    A full list of council operated car parks in Bishop’s Stortford can be found on our website. The train station car park is also available. 

Council leader Linda Haysey said: “We know that Northgate End is an important car park but this new multi-storey is essential in supporting the local economy and the ambitions of the town. The closure represents the next step in our exciting plans for the Old River Lane quarter.

“We would encourage walking and cycling wherever possible for people travelling into town, especially in the current climate with measures in place to support social distancing. We hope that the range of alternative options will help drivers to find other methods of visiting the town and using Northgate End.

“The safety of the workforce remains paramount so we will be keeping the works under constant review with our contractor. We will continue to adhere to the latest government guidance, along with guidance from the Construction Leadership Council.”