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Free parking fuels festive cheer for borough’s businesses and shoppers

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is once again running its free parking initiative on Saturday 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December in a bid to attract more shoppers to the borough and boost sales for local businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

Some 1,569 pay and display parking spaces will be free to use in 15 council owned and operated off-street pay and display car parks in the borough’s four largest towns.

They include Dobbin Street Lane, Friary Road East, Linenhall Street and Lonsdale Road in Armagh, Bridge Street East, Commercial Road, Downshire Place and Townsend Street in Banbridge, Castle Lane and Waring Street 3 in Lurgan and Magowan Buildings, Marley Street, Meadow Lane West, West Street and William Street in Portadown.

In addition to the above dates, the initiative is also being extended to offer free parking in the same council car parks throughout the day on the dates of the Christmas light switch on events in each of the four towns.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Councillor Julie Flaherty, welcomed the initiative saying: “The run-up to Christmas is a critically-important period for businesses everywhere across the borough and we are absolutely committed to supporting our local retailers during this key time.

Valued at up to £45,000, the free parking initiative will offer significant savings for shoppers as a whole and generate increased sales for businesses with locals and visitors staying on longer and enjoying the borough’s festive offerings.”

The council also manages an additional 34 non-paying car parks across the borough, bringing the total number of free parking spaces in all towns and villages including Dromore, Rathfriland Gilford, Keady, Markethill and Tandragee to 3,472.

Parking is free across the borough on Sundays.

Signs will be affixed to ticket machines in the council’s pay and display car parks to remind shoppers that they can avail of the free parking on the above dates.

Shoppers and businesses are advised that the free parking initiative does not apply to car parks
managed and operated by other providers.

For a full list of council-owned car parks, visit

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