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Christmas Shopping: Free car parking in Preston city centre during run-up to Christmas

Posted on - 16th November, 2012 - 9:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Christmas, Preston News

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An attempt to boost the city centre by offering free parking in the run up to Christmas has been announced by Preston City Council.

The council will make the Bus Station car park and Market Halls car park free on Sundays and late night on week days.

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The Bus Station will also be free from 3pm on Saturday 17 November for the Christmas Lights Switch On. Find out all the info on the Christmas Lights Switch on including what time and who is turning them on.

Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council said: “The council realises how important the festive shopping period is to traders and in order to ensure that the city centre is busy with shoppers in the run up to Christmas, we have decided to offer free parking in two of our car parks at busy times.

“We have extended the offer to Sunday’s this year, whilst continuing to offer free parking during the city’s late night shopping evenings.

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“The council has also decided to offer free parking at the bus station so that people can come and watch the Christmas lights switch on at no cost.”

Full breakdown of free parking dates and times

Free Customer Parking – Bus Station Car Park

Saturday 17 November from 3pm

Wednesday 28 November 2012 after 4pm (if confirmed as a late opening night)

Thursday 29 November 2012 after 4pm (if confirmed as a late opening night)

Sunday 2 December all day

Wednesday 5 December 2012 after 4pm

Thursday 6 December 2012 after 4pm

Sunday 9 December all day

Wednesday 12 December 2012 (excluded due to an event at the Guild Hall)

Thursday 13 December 2012 after 4pm

Sunday 16 December all day

Sunday 23 December all day

The remaining evenings prior to Christmas Eve have not been included on the bus station as there are 7pm performances of the Pantomime.

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Free Customer Parking – Market Hall Car Park

Wednesday 28 November 2012 after 4pm (if confirmed as a late opening night)

Thursday 29 November 2012 after 4pm (if confirmed as a late opening night)

Sunday 2 December all day

Wednesday 5 December 2012 after 4pm

Thursday 6 December 2012 after 4pm

Sunday 9 December all day

Wednesday 12 December 2012 after 4pm

Thursday 13 December 2012 after 4pm

Sunday 16 December all day

Wednesday 19 December 2012 after 4pm

Thursday 20 December 2011 after 4pm

Sunday 23 December all day

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