MULTI-STOREY car parks in Limerick cost less than those in Cork and Galway, according to a survey carried out by the Limerick Chamber of Commerce.
Órlaith McMahon, policy and research officer with the chamber said: “We found that the average cost for the first hour to park in a multi-storey car park in Limerick City is 34% less than parking in Cork city and 23% less than the cost of parking in Galway city.”
The findings are based on data complied on January 26 on a random sample of seven city centre car parks in each city.
The average cost per first hour in Limerick is €1.76, Cork €2.36 and Galway €2.17.
Cork, at €3.20 has the most expensive first hour rate compared to Limerick and Galway at €2.80.
The cheapest hourly rate is €1.50 in a number of city centre car parks in Limerick and one in Cork. Galway’s best hourly rate was €2.
Ms McMahon said: “The reality suggests it is 60 cents less per hour to park in Limerick than Cork and 41 cents less per first hour to park in Limerick than Galway.”
The chamber also found Limerick and Cork operate an on-street parking disc system which costs €2. This can cover up to one, two or three hours on-street parking depending on the zone.
Ms McMahon said: “However, Cork City Council has clampers operating in addition to parking wardens and the availability of spaces within the core in Cork is much more limited than in Limerick.
“In Galway, where a pay and display system in is operation, two hours on-street parking costs €5.20. It can therefore be up to two-and-a-half times more expensive to park on the street in Galway than to park on the street in Limerick.
“There is a perception in Limerick that parking is a problem. This study proves, in comparison to both Galway and Cork, Limerick is substantially better value.”
She added: “With almost 6,000 off-street spaces and 4,000 on-street spaces (1,000 of which are in the central core) currently in the city, availability should not be an issue either.”
Meanwhile, some retailers are introducing innovative promotions to encourage shoppers into the city and ensure that parking isn’t a problem. Liam Dwan, general manager Brown Thomas said: “Every BT loyalty card holder can avail of four hours free parking in Thomas Street car park if they spend more than €100 in store on any one day.”
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