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'Bulk' parking to save Cornwall drivers higher charges

'Bulk' parking to save Cornwall drivers higher charges

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:07pm 11th May 2018.

Drivers in Cornwall will now be able to bulk buy parking tickets at council-owned car parks, with the chance to cut costs to just a few pounds a day.

The reduced fees are aimed at offering residents better parking options, following last year's parking review.

It means, for example, someone who has bulk-bought sessions in a Truro car park could see the cost off all day parking cut from £8 to just £2.19, while in Penzance this could be less than £1.

'Sessions' are now being sold through the JustPark App - but there is a minimum charge of £47.

Season tickets for a set time period (one month, three months, six months and yearly) are still available for drivers to buy on the Council's website.

However, bulk sessions bought through JustPark can be used at any point during a two-year period.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport Geoff Brown said the option provided car park users flexibility in the way they pay to park.

He said: "With this option, you 'load' money on to your parking account through the JustPark App and pay for the cheaper all day parking sessions when you use them. It's like pre-paid for your phone but providing a discount too.

"This gives residents more choice. Even if you only use a car park once a week, this soon pays for itself and is a big improvement on what we have offered before.

"It's particularly aimed at residents so they can park at a reduced rate even if they only use the car park once a week."

It comes as changes to tariffs came into effect on 1st April, with free parking in the majority of Council car parks in the evenings now available.

Officials say it follows feedback from last year's town parking review highlighted concerns about the lack of on-street parking at night.

It is also hoped change to charges will help support local economies.

Visit the JustPark website to purchase ‘bulk buy’ parking sessions.

Find out more about using JustPark and how to download the app.

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