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With Bury St Edmunds’ busiest time of year approaching, St Edmundsbury Borough Council is making parking at Christmas easier with more free car parking and 1000 extra weekend spaces. From 17 November until Christmas, the town centre car parks will be free after 4pm on Thursdays, complementing retailers’ festive late night opening. The year round free after 3 offer every Tuesday continues.

Cllr Peter Stevens, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Operations said, “The Christmas trading period is important for our attractive town centre businesses. Many of our retailers open until 8pm on Thursdays in the run up to Christmas and our investment in this free parking supports their efforts and offers an alternative to shopping at the weekend.

With weekend demand for town centre spaces likely to be high, Cllr Stevens said, “I am pleased to announce that 700 extra free weekend long stay spaces will be available, a little further from the town centre. I’d like to thank Greene King in particular for making their facilities available”

The spaces are:

- to the south of town, 300 free weekend spaces at the Greene King car park off Cullum Road, with a 12 minute walk in to town

- also in the south, 50 free weekend spaces in the Manor House car park, near the Cathedral, with a 7 minute walk;

- to the west of town 400 free weekend spaces at Olding Road car park, off Newmarket Road, with a 15 minute walk.

 

And on Saturdays only, at a cost of £2, there are 300 spaces at West Suffolk College, with a 12 minute walk.

Cllr Stevens said “At weekends visitors will be parking alongside regular users. We are displaying information and advice in the car parks so people are aware of all the options in advance. As things get busy we will give real time updates on Twitter #buryparking. Because the situation is so dynamic, the electronic messaging boards on approach roads will not be used. This is because in heavy traffic, the situation can change by the time the driver arrives where they expect to park. Our car park attendants will actively manage traffic into the spaces available, and are on-hand to give advice.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has invested in credit card and contactless payment at 25 ticket machines in their car parks. All machines take cash, and can be used with the RingGo mobile phone service. Full details can be found here.

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