26th June 2017
We are really excited that M&S have confirmed their store opening for Friday 28th July, and with just a month to go until they open their doors to the public we can’t wait to start welcoming people to Rushden Lakes. M&S will be the first in a long line of stores, cafes and restaurants set to open over the coming months. Rushden Lakes is a shopping destination like no other; where big brand fashion meets lakeside restaurants and cafés and a world of outdoor discovery awaits.
We expect Rushden Lakes to be very popular and are working hard behind the scenes to help ensure it’s as accessible as possible. Rushden Lakes is a truly unique destination, set within over 200 acres of stunning natural wetlands, and we are focused on ensuring we retain this natural beauty, and protect the wildlife which call it home. Therefore, we are encouraging our shoppers and staff to work with us to promote and embrace sustainable travel.
There are a number of things we are doing to realise the vision for the future, including working with our retailers to help support them in planning staff travel arrangements. Whilst we are not looking to restrict access to the car park for staff, and we have identified the potential for additional car parking in the service areas, a car is just one of the ways to Rushden Lakes and we are working with retailers to promote sustainable modes of transport for their staff, this includes bus services, cycling or walking from Rushden town centre.
We have funded two new bus services as well as the extension of two existing routes. Four bus routes will serve Rushden Lakes from surrounding towns and villages, from early in the morning until later into the evening, 7 days a week. They run between Rushden town centre, Wellingborough, and out to Northampton and Bedford. For full bus timetables and tariffs, you can visit the Stagecoach website page for Rushden Lakes here https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/midlands/rushden-lakes
Rushden Lakes is connected to the national cycle network and there is ample cycle parking on site with cycle rack facilities.
We have funded a new pedestrian footbridge linking Rushden town centre and Rushden Lakes. The town can be reached within 20 minutes on foot. The bridge can also be used by cyclists.
If you do want to travel by car then there is free customer car parking for up to five hours, giving everyone ample opportunity to shop, eat and explore.
Our centre management team is preparing to proactively manage parking, including marshalling to help visitors find a space during busy times as well as using an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system; enabling them to be flexible in reviewing the car parking policy in line with actual use.
We believe that this proactive approach will enable us to make best use of the parking provision on site at launch, in accordance with the original plans which were set out by LXB and which were subsequently approved when permission for the development was granted.
We know people are excited to come and experience Rushden Lakes, and we share that excitement. Our proactive approach aims to support the popularity of Rushden Lakes when it launches. Once Rushden Lakes is fully open we will continue to review our approach and refine where necessary.
Keep checking back to find out more about everything we’ve got planned for the launch and beyond. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, simply search @RushdenLakesSC