Christmas shoppers and businesses are once again set to benefit from free weekend parking in North Tyneside’s town centres this December.
All on-street car parking will be free at weekends in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay town centres as well as Front Street, Tynemouth.
It’s in addition to the hundreds of free spaces already available in some North Tyneside Council-managed town centre car parks and Priors Haven car park, Tynemouth.
The initiative aims to support local traders and North Tyneside’s economy by encouraging people to visit the Borough’s town centres and busy village centre for their Christmas shopping.
North Tyneside’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Carl Johnson, said: “There will be plenty to enjoy in North Tyneside this Christmas period thanks to our lights displays and a big programme of events.
“Providing more free parking in the Borough’s town centres means there’s another reason to shop locally and support businesses right on our doorstep.”
On-street parking is already free on Sundays in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay town centres, with the Council extending this to Saturdays throughout December. In addition, free on-street parking on Front Street, Tynemouth, will be in place on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ticket machines will be temporarily suspended on weekends throughout December in the following locations:
Back Howard Street, Bedford Street, Camden Street, Church Way, Little Bedford Street, Lovaine Place, Nile Street, Norfolk Street, Northumberland Place, Northumberland Square, Railway Terrace, Rudyerd Street, Russell Street, Sidney Street, Spring Terrace, Stephenson Street, Suez Street, Tyne Street, Union Street, West Percy Street.
Beech Grove, Chestnut Street, Elton Street East, Hawthorn Grove, Laburnum Avenue, Laurel Street, Woodbine Avenue.
Beach Avenue, Brook Street, Clifton Terrace, Coquet Avenue, Duchess Street, Duke Street, Fern Avenue, Holly Avenue, Laburnum Avenue, Jesmond Terrace, Marine Gardens, North Parade, Ocean View, Oxford Street, Park Avenue, Park Parade, Roxburgh Terrace, Station Road, Victoria Terrace.
There are also hundreds of free spaces available via the following Council-managed car parks:
North Shields: Norfolk Street car park, King Street car park.
Wallsend: Atkinson Terrace car park, Coronation Street car park.
Whitley Bay: Back Park View car park, Park Road car park, Playhouse car park, Whitley Road car park.
Tynemouth: Priors Haven car park.
The parking service is delivered on behalf of the Council by its partner Capita.