Work is due to begin to extend a car park in a busy county Durham shopping town, which should provide 160 spaces.
Darlington Council has taken over the former NPC car park in East Street and plans to open the second deck of the building to cars.
Motorists in the town are likely to welcome the new facilities as work continues to redevelop the Crown Street car park.
It is hoped the work will be completed by September.
Nick Wallis, Darlington Council's member for highways and transport, said: "The council occupying and improving the car park will contribute to the vibrancy of the town centre and also increase accessibility and the availability of parking for motorists."
The council is part of the national Secured Car Park Scheme introduced by the government to promote safe and secure car parks, something it says has dramatically reduced car park crime in the town.
Parking in East Street will be reduced from £1.20 to 80p per hour, said a council spokesman.