Thousands of motorists have taken advantage of the new two hours free parking initiative in Darlington’s long-stay town centre car parks, it has been revealed.
The initiative, which launched on Monday, July 9th, 2018, has seen more than 5,000 free tickets dispensed in the first three weeks of the offer.
The total of car park users was up by 6,000 visits in Darlington compared to July last year.
The two hours free parking offer was part of a series of initiatives from Darlington Borough Council to provide extra support to the town centre in the face of changing shopping habits.
The initiative launched alongside a £2 all day parking offer in the East Street multi-storey (above Wilkos), which has also seen an increase in the number of people choosing to park there.
Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and transport, said: “The increase in overall visits in July is great news, clearly helped by the new car parking offers and I am hopeful that the extra visits are helping to boost local businesses.
“I’m hearing anecdotally that people are making the most of the offer to visit parts of the town centre that they might not otherwise get to, such as the yards and some of our great independents, which is fantastic news and exactly what we’re aiming for.”
He added: “We’ve also seen a fantastic turn out at the many events the town centre has hosted this summer and I hope that will continue because there’s plenty more to come.”
The first two hours free is available seven days a week in long-stay car parks.
Motorists using the two hours free parking offer need to obtain a ticket from the machine and clearly display it inside their vehicle to show what time they arrived.
The free offer is restricted to one ticket, per vehicle, per day.
For further details about car parking in Darlington town centre, visit the Darlington Borough Council website.
Source: Darlington Borough Council