Free parking plan for Bolton 

Town Hall

Shoppers could soon be able to park for free in Bolton town centre in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Bolton Council is proposing free parking all weekend, and on weekdays after 3pm at four multi-storey car parks.

This would see charges waived at: Bow Street, Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon.

The plan has been drawn up in a bid to help town centre businesses and attract more shoppers to the town centre.

The cabinet will be considering the proposals on October 15. If approved, the scheme will run from November 1 until January 27 and it will be implemented by the council’s partners NCP, who operate Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon, and APCOA, who manage Bow Street.

Around 2,700 free spaces will be offered under the plan and the council is confident that the offer will boost high street trade, supporting larger retailers as well as independent stores.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We want to support our town centre traders and free parking is something a lot of retailers have been asking us to bring in.

“Our parking prices are competitive with neighbouring authorities but the economic downturn has had an impact on our town centre like every town across the country and we know that times are tough.

“Introducing free parking in the run up to Christmas will tie in well with late night shopping and the festive programme of entertainment and events that we are organising.

“We’re looking to continue the free parking into the New Year to help at a time when people are usually looking to save a few pounds.

“If the free parking is approved and implemented we will assess the benefits of it and look to whether we continue it in the future.”

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