Grimsby's Abbey Walk car park to close temporarily 'to ensure people's safety'

Abbey Walk car park, in Grimsby, is to temporarily close
Abbey Walk car park, in Grimsby, is to temporarily close -Credit:NELC

A multi-storey car park in Grimsby town centre will be temporarily closed from this evening "to ensure people's safety".

As soon as the last vehicle leaves the car park today (Wednesday, May 15), the three-storey, 427-space Abbey Walk car park will close following the findings of a pre-planned structural survey. This is to ensure safety and to allow further in-depth investigations.

The latest survey identified structural damage to the main steel support girders on the ground and first floors. The further specialist surveys will be carried out as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.


The above actions were taken by owners North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner Equans, following an annual visual inspection. During that inspection, it was recommended that the more specialist survey was carried out.

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: "This immediate action is being taken to ensure people's safety.

"Whilst we understand it may be an inconvenience, it must be safety first. We must ensure that the necessary further surveys are now done before deciding on the best course of action. We stress that this is not unusual with structures of this nature, especially those that take heavy traffic over long periods of time."

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, commented on the situation, saying: "This action was taken after officers rightly raised issues on their visual inspection last year. Any actions we take now will prevent further problems down the line. In the meantime, we must ensure everyone's safety."

The council says there is ample alternative parking available close to the town centre, with Duchess Street, Garden Street, and the Fishing Heritage Centre facilities all having capacity. Additionally, Freshney Place offers its own public car parking options.