Christmas parking bonus for Newry
Newry is among twenty-five towns across Northern Ireland set to benefit from a special Christmas parking rate.
The Minister told Newry Times, “Retailers across Northern Ireland have been suffering from the economic downturn and I know that the festive season is a key period for them financially.
“Last week I announced a Christmas transport package for shoppers and traders. This included free Park and Ride services in Belfast, Lisburn, Newry and Londonderry during late night shopping days and also on Saturdays, fare promotions and an embargo on road works over the Christmas period.
“I also wanted to ensure that other areas received some assistance which would encourage shoppers to go into towns over the Christmas period.
“That is why I have decided to introduce a new reduced tariff of five hours for one pound across 95 of my Department’s car parks.”
The new tariff will be introduced from 2nd December and will continue until 11th January and will apply to car parks that have a tariff of 30p or more per hour. Drivers will still be able pay the minimum tariff in each car park, for example most car parks have a tariff of 40p per hour so if someone wants to stay for less than an hour they can simply pay 40p.
Kennedy added, “I have decided to run this scheme into January to ensure the public have time to shop at their leisure in the run-up to Christmas and during the New Year sales. I am confident these measures will provide a welcome boost for traders and would encourage the public to continue to support their local economy and shop local.”
The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) described the reduced Car Parking tariff as an ‘early Christmas present for local traders’.
NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts, who helped launch the scheme with the DRD Minister this morning, said, “This initiative will be welcomed by our members in the twenty-five towns, making it easier and more cost effective for shoppers to visit town centres over the Christmas period.
“Local town centre traders throughout Northern Ireland have been working harder than ever this Christmas to put in place an attractive retail and hospitality offer for consumers. The five hours for a £1 scheme will be a big boost in supporting their efforts,” he added.
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