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Salisbury's 'free after 3' car parking to end

Salisbury's 'free after 3' car parking to end

Published by Spire FM News at 4:26pm 16th April 2019. (Updated at 11:29am 17th April 2019)

Wiltshire Council has confirmed the current car parking arrangements, brought in after the nerve agent attack, are about to change.

The free parking after 3pm initiative will end on Tuesday 23rd April, except in Culver Street where it already had a cut off of 3pm for charges so that will remain.

The five park and ride sites that serve the city - Wilton, Beehive, London Road, Petersfinger and Britford - will remain free Monday to Saturday.

And, Sunday parking will also remain free in ALL car parks in Salisbury, and across the rest of Wiltshire.

Britford Park and Ride
Britford Park and Ride. which will remain free to use

Wiltshire Council made the changes to the car parking charges in the hopes it would encourage more people into the city following the Novichok poisoning in March 2018.

Alistair Cunningham, executive director of Wiltshire Council said:

"We're very pleased with the positive strides Salisbury has taken in its recovery process and we feel now is the right time to make these changes.

We hope people continue to use the free park and ride as there are a number of benefits, not least the positive impact it has on reducing pollution and congestion."

The Salisbury BID Chief Executive, Robin McGowan is also hoping more of us take up the off of free park and ride:

"As well as encouraging more people into the city, the free park & ride has really supported workers in the city, so it's excellent news that this is continuing.

We encourage more employees to take advantage of the free park & ride."

Salisbury parking meter
Parking meter covered up when charges where dropped in Salisbury

Moving away from charges, Wiltshire Council says it's now looking at various pilot initiatives it can run during the summer months that use new technology to make parking more accessible, and to promote sustainable transport.

Jeremy Nettle, leader of Salisbury City Council said:

"We are delighted that 'free after three' will continue at Culver street Car Park which is only a short walk to the centre of Salisbury and that new technologies are being explored.

Naturally we would welcome contactless payment parking machines."


Here's what we'll need to remember:

  • The current free parking after 3pm initiative will end on Tuesday 23rd April, except in Culver Street car park.
  • Culver Street car park will continue to be free after 3pm Monday to Saturday, as it was before the nerve agent attack.
  • The five park & ride sites that serve Salisbury remain free from Monday to Saturday.
  • Free parking on a Sunday remains in ALL car parks in Salisbury and in car parks across Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council say new arrangements will be in place until further notice and more information can be found on their website.

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