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Park for a pound at Western Approach this Christmas

Christmas lights

Late-night shoppers will be able to use Plymouth’s Western Approach car park for just £1 from 3pm in the run-up to Christmas.

The Council is providing discounted parking every Thursday night to encourage families to head into the city centre straight from school, stock up on those Christmas goodies and join in the festive fun and entertainment.

The deal will begin on Thursday 16 November to coincide with the city’s Christmas lights switch-on in the Armada Way piazza, which starts at 4pm.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, said: “We’re very pleased to be offering this great deal in the run-up to Christmas to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis, as well as encourage more shoppers and visitors to support city centre businesses, particularly our smaller, independent traders.

Steve Hughes, chief executive of the City Centre Company, said: “We are delighted with this offer which will be a big help to our businesses. We hope shoppers will return to the high street for most of their Christmas shopping this year to support local businesses.

“Thanks to some UK Shared Prosperity funding, our Christmas Market this year will have live entertainment every day and we want people to come in and enjoy the experience rather than sit at home and shop online.”

The payment system in Western Approach car park will also be changing to ‘pay-on-arrival’ on Thursday 16 November. This is the system shoppers and visitors will already be familiar with in other city centre car parks, where you pay at machines after you park up, on your way into the city centre.

There is no ticket to display and you can top up your parking via RingGo, if you find you need to stay longer. RingGo can also be used to buy a week’s or month’s parking. The new system will also accept Apple Pay, Android Pay and contactless payments.

For more information about the Christmas lights switch-on and all the great things happening in Plymouth this festive season see the Visit Plymouth website.