Shoppers in Middlesbrough will continue to enjoy two hours free car parking after independent review recommendations – including small tariff increases - were approved.
The changes now due to be implemented will see a refocusing of Middlesbrough Council car parks to promote the Captain Cook for shoppers and the Zetland for commuters.
It will mean the end of two hour free parking at the Zetland with the offer continuing at Captain Cook, which has 741 spaces.
However, Zetland will offer 10 hours for £2 and will also see the introduction of “pay on leave” parking, meaning commuters will neither pay for more than they need or find they run out of time.
Additionally, price increases of 20p and 40p will be introduced, following approval at a meeting of the authority’s Executive yesterday.
Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Middlesbrough, as the economic heart of the Tees Valley, is a city in all but name and with the city-scale developments due to get underway we need to look at how our city works.
“These changes are in response to an independent review which looked at our whole car parking offer and made a number of recommendations.
“We hope shoppers will welcome the continuation of the two-hour free car parking offer and will continue to make good use of it, and we will continue to promote what is some of the cheapest parking in the Tees Valley for all visitors.”
In addition to the car park changes, parking restrictions will be put in place in Middlehaven and Gresham in anticipation of major city centre developments commencing work.
Site preparations have begun for the major office developments to the east of Centre Square and on the former register office, while Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP) and the proposed snow centre continue to progress.
As a wider transport issue for shoppers and commuters Middlesbrough Council has proposed the introduction of bus franchising across Tees Valley which would allow the five boroughs and the Combined Authority to set out the routes and the fares we want instead which could change the face of public transport on Teesside.