Greene King is to make its 420-space car park available to the public for free every weekend from tomorrow until the New Year.
The pub company and brewer has agreed with St Edmundsbury Borough Council that it will make its Cullum Road car park available for weekend parking from December 5 through to January 3.
It is the second successive year the car park has been made available to the public for free.
Paul Dennett, facilities manager for Greene King, said: “With our roots placed firmly in Bury St Edmunds for the last 200 years, we have always played an active part in our community. We are more than happy to be supporting our fellow businesses by inviting shoppers and visitors to use our car park during the festive season.”
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury, said: “It is no secret that Bury is evermore successful and popular with both shoppers and visitors and December, for the majority of our retailers, restaurants and residents is the busiest time of the year.
“While this is good news, we recognise that this success brings evermore demand on our roads and car parks, particularly at weekends, and we want to do all we can to make it easier for people to visit, shop in and enjoy this wonderful town.
“To this end we have already announced ‘Free from 4’ car parking in Bury for every Thursday through to Christmas. This is in addition to the popular ‘Free from 3’ on Tuesdays throughout the year.”
The council’s staff car park in Olding Road is available for free from late afternoons during the week and all day at weekends. “All of this means that whatever side of the town you are driving in from there will be more opportunity to park and walk and beat some of the weekend congestion,” said Cllr Griffiths.
Weekend shoppers are advised to arrive in town before 10am or after 3pm to beat the traffic queues.
Free from 3pm on Tuesday parking and free from 4pm on Thursday parking is available in all of the town centre public car parks with the exception of the Parkway multi-storey.