Free parking set to start in Carlisle

Free parking set to start in Carlisle

There will soon be free weekend and Bank Holiday parking in nine Carlisle City Council city centre car parks.

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In addition to the weekend offer, the council will also be introducing a reduced rate parking charge of £1 for the first hour of parking across Carlisle owned city centre pay and display car parks. This is a saving of almost 25% on the current typical one-hour charge of £1.30, saving customers 30 pence for those shorter trips to the city centre.

The new incentives will support the local economy and encourage more people to visit Carlisle. They will further support the retail and leisure sector and are designed to increase footfall and dwell-time in the city centre.

Agreed by the council’s Executive, the parking promotions will start from Friday 1 April 2022.

Cllr Nigel Christian, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said:

“We want to do all we can to support the local economy and stimulate the high street. Free parking is a major incentive to make a visit to the city centre. We urge visitors and local residents to take up the offer and shop local.”

The nine participating car parks are: Caldew Riverside, Castle, Viaduct, Sands, Swifts, West Walls, Bitts Park, Lowther Street and the Civic Centre.

The offer is aimed at supporting recovery on the high street and does not therefore extend to parking at Paddy’s Market (all-day car park) and Talkin Tarn car park.

Overnight barrier closures in Castle, Caldew Riverside and West Walls car parks will remain in place as per current arrangements. The overnight closure times may be reviewed/extended at weekends and bank holidays to reflect any changing demands but will be kept under review should this lead to any increase in anti-social behaviour.

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