Three of county Armagh’s major towns are to benefit from a special Christmas parking rate.
Portadown, Lurgan and Armagh city are among 25 towns across Northern Ireland earmarked for the discount. Newry is also among those listed.
Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy, made the announcement which will see the introduction of a new reduced tariff of five hours parking for just one pound in 95 Road Service car parks.
The Minister said: “Retailers across Northern Ireland have been suffering from the economic downturn and I know that the festive season is a key period for them financially. Last week I announced a Christmas transport package for shoppers and traders. This included free Park and Ride services in Belfast, Lisburn, Newry and Londonderry during late night shopping days and also on Saturdays, fare promotions and an embargo on road works over the Christmas period.
“I also wanted to ensure that other areas received some assistance which would encourage shoppers to go into towns over the Christmas period. That is why I have decided to introduce a new reduced tariff of five hours for one pound across 95 of my Department’s car parks.”
The new tariff will be introduced from 2 December and will continue until 11 January and will apply to car parks that have a tariff of 30p or more per hour. Drivers will still be able pay the minimum tariff in each car park, for example most car parks have a tariff of 40p per hour so if someone wants to stay for less than an hour they can simply pay 40p.
Concluding the Minister said: “I have decided to run this scheme into January to ensure the public have time to shop at their leisure in the run-up to Christmas and during the New Year sales.
“I am confident these measures will provide a welcome boost for traders and would encourage the public to continue to support their local economy and shop local.”