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Free on-street parking in the city centre

Four free days of on-street parking in Manchester for Christmas sales shoppers

Published on December 21st 2009.

Free on-street parking in the city centre

This is good news. If only for one day.

The next step in the liberalisation of on-street car parking is to repeat the Boxing Day exercise once a month on a Saturday and also to get NCP to do the same in its car parks on Sunday once a month.

Well four days, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday coming up. Although since three of those would be free anyway then it's only one day where you get not to pay when you would do – if you follow.

That day is Boxing Day.

This is the official release.

'As Manchester city centre prepares for what is likely to be the busiest sales weekend of the year, Manchester City Council in partnership with Cityco, Manchester’s city centre management company, has agreed to waiver charges on Boxing Day, which this year falls on a Saturday.

'City centre spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, explains: “Boxing Day is actually a normal Saturday as the Monday is a bank holiday. However, we recognise that people will want to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales in the city centre, some starting as early as 7am, so we wanted to ensure people are exempt from on-street parking charges right across the post-Christmas weekend. Having (four) consecutive days of free on-street parking is unprecedented and will help those who like to bring the car into town.”

'Kate Harrison, chief executive of Cityco, the city centre management company, added: “This is great news and brings extra benefits to shoppers and city centre businesses alike. This year we have also worked closely with our public transport operators which has resulted in increased bus, Metrolink tram and Metroshuttle bus services. All this means that Manchester is ready for what is sure to be the busiest sales weekend of the year.”'

This is a start and is partly in response to Confidential's on-running campaign to encourage more motorists into the city centre to ensure the city centre continues to flourish despite competition from the big out of town shopping centres.

The next step in the liberalisation of on-street car parking is to repeat the Boxing Day exercise once

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DarrenDecember 21st 2009.

Just read that not all councils are participating in this "free" parking on boxing day, so have to be careful which authority you park in. For example even though Manchester are allowing free parking I've read that Liverpool aren't, also some areas in London are also free on boxing day whilst others aren't depending on which area people park. I detect a plan here to confuse motorists into believing it's free to park and then charging them to unclamp their cars.

AnonymousDecember 21st 2009.

Talking of updates, I see the 'Friends' pay-for membership has been extended again.....

c.geeDecember 21st 2009.

Well its about time something was done to help manchester city businesses, instead of pushing drivers to the trafford centre mainly because of parking, Between the metro disruption and parking, staff are being made redundant as our salaries can't be paid from fresh air, and it will only get worse after the holidays. I was also wondering do german cities have 'english christmas markets'.

macnstarDecember 21st 2009.

hahayes northern geezr. the councillors are good for only one thing.. spinning out that they do somet huge when really they done the least amount of work they could. always,

AvoDecember 21st 2009.

Is the Monday following the Xmas weekend classed as a Bank Holiday? If so, are the Council going to be lifting the parking restrictions on that day too?

Rick Superfreak JamesDecember 21st 2009.

Isn't it about time this article was removed? Have the £10 refunds started yet?

Hustled HeroesDecember 21st 2009.

Do the heroes get a discount for the week between Christmas and New Year? Knock £2.50 off their bills next month

NorthernGeezerDecember 21st 2009.

4 days free parking my ar*e...............it works out at 1 day free parking only, the Saturday, big up for zsar karney though for putting one hell of a spin on something that most of us mancs wont use cos its the proper boxing day and we'll still be at home, piss*d.

EditorialDecember 21st 2009.

Patience folks please. The way articles go is that as we add new ones the old ones get pushed off the page. We've had a break for a week between Christmas and New Year, by the end of the week the old ones will be all gone as the new stuff appears. There are at least three new articles to go up today.

ChrisDecember 21st 2009.

There are no parking charges on bank holidays, so no they won't be lifting restrictions on monday, as there are no restrictions to lift.

TrevDecember 21st 2009.

I love how you lot keep your eyes peeled for the very latest Mancon news or development.......odd

NoMoreInsideJobsDecember 21st 2009.

Who goes shopping on Boxing Day ? I would rather visit relatives or sit in front of the fire.

Jonathan Schofield - editorDecember 21st 2009.

Avo, yes there will be all day free parking on Monday as well. So in effect it's four days. Article above amended now.

BabyDecember 21st 2009.

There are a lot of articles on here that are well out of date - a clean-up is due methinks

cittygateDecember 21st 2009.

dont forget its free parking all year down blantyrestree you can even park on the pavment and you will get away with it

ChickDecember 21st 2009.

Avo; yes and I doubt it - in answer to your questions

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