Shoppers and visitors to Manchester city centre are being given the chance to enjoy free on-street parking this weekend.
Parking will be free in all on-street metered bays in zones three and four of the city centre, from midday onwards on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2017.
The offer includes parking bays on streets near Piccadilly Station, in Castlefield and near Whitworth Street. Stickers will be attached on machines next to bays where parking will be free.
Manchester City Council is making the offer to thank motorists for bearing with them while major infrastructure works are carried out, which will radically improve transport across the city.
The ongoing works are part of the £1billion Project Grow, which will this year deliver city centre infrastructure improvements including the Metrolink Second City Crossing, Oxford Road bus priority measures, six new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.
The Metrolink Second City Crossing will be opening in early Spring, with the Oxford Road bus priority works completed by April.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Manchester is benefiting from some of the greatest infrastructure investment the city has ever seen. The work currently being undertaken will deliver transport improvements to meet the needs of a rapidly growing city and keep us moving for decades to come.
“However, we do acknowledge that these major projects will inevitably create some short-term disruption and that’s why we’re offering free parking this weekend, as a thank you to Manchester residents and visitors.
“We’re also keen to support our city centre retailers, a sector which employs thousands of people – and so encouraging people to enjoy the January sales by offering free parking this weekend is a positive way to start 2017.”
For more information and to find zoomable maps of zones 3 and 4, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/freeparkingzone3 and www.manchester.gov.uk/freeparkingzone4.
Further updates on Project Grow can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk/grow