Free after 3 provides festive treat for motorists
Visitors to County Durham are in for a festive treat this Christmas with free late afternoon and evening parking.
The waiving of charge applies to our off street car parks and on-street spaces with stickers being placed on all payment machines to let drivers know.
As well as 'Free after 3,' free parking will be available across the county after 10am this Saturday 2 December - again in all our off street car parks and on-street spaces. This is part of our support for Small Business Saturday, a national campaign which encourages people to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.
Cllr Carl Marshall, our Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "We know how important the run-up to Christmas is for our county's shops - it is their busiest time. Equally we appreciate that the festive period is an expensive one for people with all the presents they have to buy.
"We hope our Free after 3 offer - in addition to the free parking on Small Business Saturday - will bring more people into the county - benefiting local stores - while also helping make Christmas a little more affordable for everyone."
Drivers are advised that payment machines will not be switched off at times when charges are not in place and that money paid will not be refunded.
Details of all our car parks can be found at our parking web page.