There will be free parking at four Park and Ride sites on the Tyne and Wear Metro until the end of March after Nexus agreed to extend the offer as more people return to travelling on the network after the latest Covid restrictions were lifted. The sites at Four Lane Ends, Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot and Stadium of Light are included in the offer.
The free parking offer was first put in place last year and it will now be extended through until 31st March 2022. It only affects those four sites with those at Felling and Heworth not included whilst that at Kingston Park (owned by Newcastle City Centre) is free on Sundays. Parking is also free at Regent Centre and Hebburn on Sundays.
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director, said: “We hope our free parking offer will encourage people to return to Metro as they return to work in offices in the coming weeks. We are extending free parking until the end of March at four major car parks – Four Lane Ends, Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot and Stadium of Light. It makes sense to extend our offer as more people start heading back to offices and other places of work after the Government ended its Plan B Covid measures in England. Park and ride takes all the hassle out of the daily journey to work. It helps to cut congestion, lower emissions and improve air quality, which is vital for the fight against climate change.”
Metro passenger levels have now reached 80% of pre-pandemic levels – one of the highest figures within the UK.