Timescale and finalised parking charges for Sandringham Estate redevelopment work announced
The Sandringham Estate has confirmed a timescale for redevelopment work being implemented with notices being put up at the site.
A spokeswoman for the estate said the first stage of improvement works will conclude this spring.
This will include a new and improved shop, cafe and courtyard which will be open from April 3.
And it has also been announced that the controversial new parking charges will come into effect next month.
The spokeswoman added: “From April, visitors will see the newly replanted car parks; an increase in the number of disabled bays and a newly opened pedestrian pathway between the car park and facilities.”
A shuttle service will also be available for those less able to get from the main car park to the visitor centre.
The estate said they have reviewed feedback from visitors following a period of consultation after the changes were initially announced in October.
The final car parking charges, which will apply from March 2, are £3 for up to two hours, £5 for up to four hours and an all day ticket for £7.
Free parking is only available for up to 30 minutes, which was increased from the initial 20 minutes.
An annual car park season ticket will cost £40 and includes access to the country park, gardens and museum.
Up to two cars can be registered per season ticket.
Parking is free for those visiting the museum, gardens or house whereby claimants will have to give their car registration to staff at the ticket office when buying an admission ticket.
For visitors attending Sandringham hosted events including concerts, theatre performances, festivals and the East Anglian Air Ambulance Easter Egg Hunt, parking will be free.
The estate also announced that parking will be free for one hour once a month for the regular farmers’ market.
From autumn 2020, when the upcoming season ends, the second stage of improvements will begin, whereby new revenue will be invested into the “continued improvement” of the country park.
The café at the estate was closed yesterday due to a planned power outage.
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