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Free parking supports economy

Published Wednesday, 17 June 2020

City of York Council is set to offer free parking in July and August to support local businesses and residents and encourage people to shop local.

The free parking incentive includes two free hours parking starting from Saturday 4 July, reducing to one free hour of parking throughout August.

The free parking is available for all users of the Ringo Parking App if they park after 10am (seven days a week).

The offer is valid in council run car parks outside the city walls including: Nunnery lane, Union terrace, Monk Bar, St George’s Field, Foss Bank, Bootham Row.

Car parks excluded are: Piccadilly, Marygate, Castle Car Park, Esplanade, Bishopthorpe Road Car Parks, Moor Lane, East Parade and Rowntree Park.

The Ringo App is a safe contactless payment which helps facilitate social distancing and can be download from any app store.

This is part of the council’s Economic Recovery – Transport and Place Strategy, to build resident, visitor and stakeholder confidence that York is a safe, healthy and attractive place for everyone to enjoy.

Free parking will be focused on car parks outside the city walls and inner ring road, in order to encourage the park>walk>visit principles set out in strategy.

Blue badge holders will continue to benefit from free parking in all council car parks.

In line with the Government relaxing the restrictions for retailers and businesses in June and potentially the hospitality sector in July, the council is introducing a number of new measures to support the reopening of the city.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer free parking to encourage more people to shop locally and support York’s economy. I know our local businesses are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors back, as they continue to adapt to the changes in national guidance.

“Our city has over 2,000 years’ experience reinventing itself - and together we can do it again, protecting lives, livelihoods and helping our city build back better.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader and executive member for transport, said: “A free parking offer is an important part of our approach to supporting businesses getting back on their feet, but we are also helping through extending the foot steets and introducing measures that encourage walking and cycling info the city centre.”

A report detailing the proposals will be taken to an Executive meeting on Thursday June 25 to approve the free parking incentive.

Executive takes place on and will be webcast live, or is available to watch again at:

To find out more about the report, visit:

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The council is continuing to work with stakeholders and partners to improve and refine these proposals.

Residents will be able to give feedback about the plan by participating in the city-wide consultation “Our Big Conversation” helping to set the long-term vision for our city.

This will be launched in the next couple of weeks

Residents can stay up-to-date with the latest proposals and Our Big Conversation by signing up to the weekly resident newsletter:

Dial and Ride offers a service for people with difficulty walking or using public transport. Specially adapted buses offer a door-to-door service from your home to the city centre or out of town retail parks and supermarkets.  To contact Dial and Ride, please call 01904 551441.

Shopmobility is a registered charity that provides electric scooters, wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs for hire to enable people to enjoy the shops and attractions in York.  To contact Shopmobility, please call 01904 679 222 or email

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