Parking changes will be coming into effect
Free parking, a reduction in current night charges and lower priced season tickets are among parking changes being introduced in Bury St Edmunds.
Easier payment methods, the introduction of new short stay car parks and wider implementation of night charges are also coming into effect.
On Wednesdays from April 10, parking between 8am-10am will be free in the Lower Baxter Street car park.
A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which owns the car park, said the two hours free parking would be piloted for a year and was aimed at allowing shoppers to ‘pop into the adjacent market’.
Darren Old, chairman of the St Edmundsbury Market Traders’ Association, said: “This is welcome support for the market and particularly for our excellent fresh produce traders.
“I hope it encourages new people, perhaps on their way to work, or home from the school run, to drop by and pick up their five a day, among many other attractive offers.
“Lower Baxter Street car park is literally just round the corner and no distance at all to take your week’s locally grown fruit and veg to the car.”
Details of the town’s ‘free from three’ parking on Tuesdays are yet to be announced but are expected to come into effect in the same week.
From April 8, new short stay car parks are being introduced in Parkway surface and the low emissions School Yard East car parks.
Meanwhile, short stay will be reduced from four hours to three hours in St Andrew’s short stay, Robert Boby Way and School Yard West.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of town improvement organisation Bid4Bury, said overall he was ‘delighted’ with the changes, but was ‘slightly concerned’ about parking capacity for town centre employees with the removal of all day parking in the Parkway surface car park.
From April 8, all season tickets will be valid for seven days a week, at a lower cost than the current one for five days, and will be available for St Andrew’s long stay car park. There will also be a special low emission season ticket.
Ticket machines in Parkway multi-storey, St Andrew’s long stay and Ram Meadow car parks will allow debit cards to be used to purchase weekly season tickets.
All night time charges in the town will be reduced to £1 after 6pm and the same charges will be introduced in St Andrew’s short stay, Robert Boby Way, School Yard East/West and Manor House car parks.
For details of these changes, go to www.stedmunds bury.gov.uk/parking
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