Seafront car parks reopen

seafront car park

Seafront car parks reopen today (Thursday 28 May) and remain free until Friday 5 June.

The reopening includes car parks at parks, such as Herrington Country Park.

In the city centre, parking charges were suspended at the end of March to help promote local and essential travel only, free up parking for essential workers, and for people who needed to pick up food and medication for vulnerable residents or themselves.

As lockdown restrictions are lifting, charges will be reintroduced from Friday 5 June at all Sunderland City Council-run multi-storeys and bay parking - nearly 2,500 spaces altogether.

The City Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Michael Mordey said: "As the lockdown began, the council put its trust in the public to park appropriately, considerately, and to only go out for those essential journeys.

"Thanks to all those that took up the opportunity to use the car parks, limited their travel, and accessed services locally and in the city centre.

"As lockdown restrictions are lifted, many services and facilities will return to where and how they were before COVID-19. This includes a return to charges in car parks.

"The Government’s messaging has shifted and people are now permitted to get out more and this will include travelling by car, and so the City Council must now help make it safe for them to park.

"If you're going out and you're driving your car to get there, then please park appropriately, remember what the Highway Code tells you, and remember your social distancing."

There are more than 1,500 council car parking spaces in the city centre; with nearly 500 spaces at St Mary's multi-storey and more than 650 at Sunniside.

A survey in 2018 by private number plate provider National Numbers found that Sunderland is the cheapest place for motorists to park in the UK with drivers paying an average of 79p an hour. There have been no increases in parking charges since 2018.

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