Two hours of free parking in Darlington town centre starts today

Shoppers can get two hours of free parking in Darlington from noon today as the town tries to boost trade in the town centre.

The two hours of free parking is available to all vehicles using council-owned long-stay car parks. Each of the car parks offering the two hours free parking is within a short walk of the town centre.

The third hour will be £1, while an all-day ticket will continue to be £4.

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East Street car park (the multi-storey above Wilkos) will cost £2 to park for the whole day.

The first two hours free will also apply on Sundays, with a £1 fee for the rest of the day. Short-stay car parks will continue to be £1 for the day.

The two hours free parking will come into force officially at noon on Monday – this is to allow time for each of the machines and signage in the car parks to be updated.

Ian Thompson, Darlington Borough Council’s assistant director of community services, said: “We’re pleased that the free parking offer could be brought in ahead of the school holidays this summer.

“We hope that families and people of all ages will take advantage of this offer and show their support for our town centre.

“There are events and activities planned across the town centre in the coming weeks – it’s a great chance to people to make the most of what Darlington offers.”

Motorists using the two hours free parking offer will 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.

Each of the nine long-stay car parks, offering a total 643 spaces, are monitored by CCTV. Payment can be made by coins, card (chip & pin/contactless) and pay by mobile phone.

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