Free car parking in Cork City to boost Christmas trade

More than 1,000 free parking spaces will be made available in Cork City in the run-up to Christmas in a bid to boost trade.

Free car parking in Cork City  to boost Christmas trade

Cork City Council announced details of its free parking offer in the city’s two publicly owned car parks, starting today, and confirmed that parking will be free on Saturdays at the Black Ash park and ride facility from this Saturday.

The parking initiative will run at the council’s two public multi-storey car parks in Paul Street (735 spaces) and North Main Street (410 spaces) from today.

There will be free parking from 10am to noon, Monday to Thursday, in both Paul St and North Main St car parks.

From Oct 17 in Paul St only, there will be free parking on Thursday and Friday nights, from 6.30pm to midnight.

And from this Saturday, Oct 19, there will be free parking for the next six Saturdays at the park and ride car park off the Kinsale Rd roundabout.

Cork Business Association welcomed the news: “This offer represents a response to concerns raised by traders in the city as well as a key opportunity for businesses to capitalise on this initiative by matching it with instore offerings, as a further incentive for their customers who come to town during the promotion period,” said CBA chief executive Donal Healy.

“There is no doubt that the cost of parking in the city can be a barrier to shoppers and this is a fantastic way to encourage and showcase the experience that Cork offers.

“Last year we saw 4% increase in private cars coming into the city due to the parking initiative and this year we hope that the number coming to do business in the city will surpass that figure.”

As well as the deals in the public car parks, the CBA pointed out that both Q Park and Merchants Quay Car Park are also offering online incentives.

Q Park has online rates of €8.50 for a full day’s parking, and is offering 24-hour parking from €10.50.

The Merchant’s Quay car park is offering a weekly business ticket, from between €25 to €30 for four or five-day deals.

These tickets must be paid for in advance by contacting 021-4251001.

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