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Free parking provides Christmas cheer for shoppers

More free parking is being made available to Christmas shoppers in North Tyneside during the festive period.

All on-street car parking will be free at weekends during December 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.

The parking service is delivered on behalf of the council by its partner Capita.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “We know that the run-up to Christmas is a really important period for local businesses.

“That’s one of the reasons we help ensure the borough is a really vibrant place to enjoy through initiatives such as our Winter Festival and Christmas lights displays.

“Providing more free parking provides another reason for people to support local businesses and do their Christmas shopping in North Tyneside.”

On-street parking is already free on Sundays in the borough’s town centres. During December, this will be extended to Saturdays in town centres and to Saturdays and Sundays in Front Street, Tynemouth. Ticket machines will be temporarily shut down in the following locations:

North Shields

Albion Street, Back Howard Street, Bedford Street, Camden Street (south section), Church Way, Howard Street, Little Bedford Street, Lovaine Place, Lower Rudyerd Street, Nile Street, Norfolk Street, Northumberland Place, Northumberland Square, Railway Terrace, Rudyerd Street, Sidney Street, Spring Terrace, Stephenson Street, Suez Street, Tyne Street, Union Street, Upper Camden Street, West Percy Street.

Wallsend

Beech Grove, Chestnut Street, Elton Street East, Hawthorn Grove, Laburnum Avenue, Laurel Street, Woodbine Avenue.

Whitley Bay

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 Nos 2-96, Park Avenue, Park Parade, Roxburgh Terrace, Station Road, Victoria Terrace.

Tynemouth

Front Street

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Notes to editors:

North Tyneside Council car parks that already operate free of charge in the town centre areas and Tynemouth are:

  • North Shields - Norfolk Street car park, King Street car park.
  • Wallsend - Atkinson Terrace car park, Coronation Street car park.
  • Whitley Bay – Back of Park View car park, Park Road car park, Whitley Road car park.
  • Tynemouth – Priors Haven car park.

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