Motorists wishing to shop, eat, or socialise in Manchester city centre will be able to park for free in selected zones for the next four weekends.
Parking charges will be waived in on-street metered bays in zones three and four of the city centre on Saturdays and Sundays for the weekends of 12 – 13 January, 19 – 20 January, 26 – 27 January and 2 – 3 February, from noon - 8pm.
Stickers will be attached to machines serving bays where parking will be free. Bays will be available in areas including Castlefield, close to Piccadilly Station and near HOME Manchester. Locations can be found by visiting www.manchester.gov.uk/freeparking.
The free parking is being offered by Manchester City Council to thank residents for their patience while major works are carried out to improve transport flow on Regent Road and to boost businesses by encouraging more visitors to come to the city centre during winter weekends.
The Manchester-Salford Inner Relief Route scheme is set for completion this summer and will see six major junctions along Regent Road significantly enhanced, increasing their capacity by up to 20 per cent, reducing congestion and boosting local air quality, while also ensuring a better route for pedestrians and cyclists. It will help to futureproof the inner relief road, ensuring that it can cope with more new jobs and economic growth in the two cities.
The improvement works, which have been agreed as a Greater Manchester priority for reducing congestion, are being carried out jointly by Manchester City Council and Salford City Council and are funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: "Our city centre is benefiting from major investment in its road network, which will ultimately bring about real and lasting improvements to traffic flow, which are necessary to keep our city moving while it continues its rapid growth. However, we know that major projects of this kind cannot be completed without causing some short-term disruption.
"This offer of free parking for the next four weekends is a way of of saying ‘thank you’ to residents for bearing with us while the essential work is completed, while also promoting our fantastic city centre businesses, by encouraging more people to come into the city to enjoy the wide range of shops, restaurants and cultural attractions on offer."
For more information, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/freeparking.