Lincoln's Lucy Tower car park closed until next year

Lucy Tower car park
Image caption City of Lincoln Council said it was using reserves to fund the extra work at the car park

One of Lincoln's main car parks will not reopen until next year after workers carrying out repairs found further problems.

The 458-space Lucy Tower car park, which is next to Brayford Pool, closed in March for what was due to be £1.4m of repair work over five months.

Having set a revised opening date of November, City of Lincoln Council now says it will be shut until February.

The cost of the repairs has risen to £2m, the council said.

At one point the council considered demolishing the structure but decided it was worth saving.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe said the car park provided a "substantial" income, of £20,000 a week.

The council accepted the closure would continue to cause problems for businesses in the area but said it was doing all it could to provide alternative parking.

Spaces have been opened at Orchard Street, Tentercroft Street and Broadgate.

A new 46 space car park is also due to open on the site of the former Grand Hotel, close to the train station.

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