Free town centre car parking for shoppers in the lead up to Christmas

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RUGBY First and Rugby Borough Council are providing an early Christmas present to shoppers with free car parking in all council operated town centre car parks for the whole of November and December after 3pm.

The scheme, is just one initiative, in the run up to Christmas, designed by Rugby First in partnership with Rugby Borough Council, to encourage people to shop local and support their town centre.

A three month trial of a similar scheme, earlier this year, proved very popular with shoppers and businesses.

The free car parking applies to the following council owned town centre car parks after 3pm in November and December (excludes on-street parking):-

North Street - John Barford – Westway - Evreux Way - Chestnut Fields

Little Church Street - Old Market Square - Newbold Road - Gas Street

Railway Terrace. (Please note the free weekend car parking at Newbold Road car park will continue)

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First Operations Manager, said: “Free town centre car parking can make a real difference and allows the town centre to compete on a level footing with some of the out of town retail parks. At the moment initiatives aimed at bringing more customers into the town centre can make a real difference to businesses bottom line.”

Cllr Heather Timms added: “It’s tough out there and initiatives like this will help businesses, and make a real difference to the town centre economy in these challenging times. We hope people will take advantage of the free car parking, save money on fuel by shopping local and support their town centre at the same time.”

For further information and a list of the car parks involved in the scheme please visit www.rugbytowncentre.co.uk or call Rugby First on 01788 569436.