SHOPPERS will soon have a new 16-space car park in Pensnett.

Following the completion of the £6.3million road improvement scheme along the High Street, Dudley Council has started work on the parking facility in Bradley Street.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, Dudley Council's cabinet member for environmental services, said: "This whole project has been about making life better for the residents, traders, shoppers and commuters along the High Street.

"The new signals have improved traffic flow and the car park will make shopping easier and will hopefully improve trade in the area

"I know it has been a very difficult time for the business owners during the improvement work, but I hope this new car park will be a welcome addition and be seen as a further commitment from the council to get the very best for the area."

Julie Aldis, owner of Warm Welcome Fireplaces in High Oak, said: "The car park is really starting to take shape and will be a big benefit to this area when it is completed.

"The improvement work has been difficult at times but I really think that now we are starting to see the benefits."

Work on the new car park is expected to finish next month and will also include a height barrier to restrict access for shoppers only.