Free parking will continue at four park and ride and sites on the Tyne and Wear Metro as more and more people people return to the network.
As Covid guidance changes and work from home advice is lifted, the Metro is hoping to welcome back Metro customers.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has extended the free parking offer to the end of March which gives people more time to take advantage of the offer.
Metro footfall is now 80% of pre-pandemic levels with more people heading back to work after the Government withdrew its Plan B covid measures this week.
The four park and ride sites are:
- Four Lane Ends
- Callerton Parkway
- Bank Foot
- Stadium of Light
Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, 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 then 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.”
The Kingston Park Metro station park-and-ride, which is owned by Newcastle City Council, is free on Sundays.
Felling and Heworth car parks in Gateshead are not part of the free parking offer, and normal charges will still apply at these locations.
Parking is also free on Sundays at Regent Centre, Hebburn and Four Lane Ends Metro car parks.
Information about car parking on Metro can be found at Guide to parking | nexus.org.uk