12 December 2009
From Monday 15 to Christmas Eve further free parking will be available for visitors and shoppers in the CityHeart area prior to Christmas.
Parking in the Knox Street car park will be free for a period of up to three hours between the hours of 9am and 3pm.
Works and Services general manager Chris Allen says the three hour free parking offer at Knox Street car park is good news for shoppers to take advantage of the variety and larger department stores as well as some of Hamilton’s finest boutique and specialist shops.
“Shoppers can hop on to the free City Shuttle and bus about to their favourite shopping spot from the car park to as far away as around Liverpool Street and back again. The shuttle is very convenient, circulating every 10 minutes and with plenty of capacity for passengers and their presents.
Shoppers are also encouraged to use their local bus, or cycle to get into the CityHeart use the free shuttle service for getting around and do their Christmas shopping.
“The city has a well developed public transport system that operates seven days a week, including excellent cycling facilities, that is very cost effective.”
The free parking offer at Knox Street car park is for the first three hours for those who park between the hours of 9am-3pm. Any shoppers who park for a period greater than three hours, or arrive outside the core hours (9am-3pm) will be charged the full applicable parking rate.
Other car parking facilities within the central city are also offering special rates for the lead up to Christmas.
The Knox Street free car parking offer is in addition to the Council approved free on-street metered parking already operational in the CityHeart area on Saturdays on a trial basis. The Saturday trial has been undertaken in order to assess the impact the cost of parking has on deterring people visiting the CityHeart.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Chris Allen
Designation: Works and Services General Manager
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6748
Mobile: 021 224 7939
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6998
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761