Visitors to Chester have been given a New Year boost as two car parks in the city centre will offer free parking at least once a month throughout 2020.
Chester Race Company, in partnership with CH1ChesterBID, has committed to provide free parking for shoppers and visitors to the city at the racecourse and at Linenhall car park in Nicholas Street. Free parking will be available every Sunday following a Saturday race meeting during the Chester Racecourse season and every last Sunday of the month for the rest of the year.
The free parking initiative was first launched at Chester Racecourse in 2017, with Linenhall Car Park added in 2019, and offers almost 800 spaces in the city.
The first free parking event is Sunday January 26, which coincides with the final day of the CH1 Chester Food & Drink Week, and will continue on the last Sunday of the month until May, when the 2020 race season gets underway. During the racing season, which runs until the end of September, free parking will be made available every Sunday that follows a Saturday race day to encourage visitors to spend another day in the city.
The scheme will then revert to the last Sunday of the month for October, November and December, allowing Christmas shoppers and sale seekers the opportunity to spend longer in Chester.
CH1ChesterBID manager Carl Critchlow said: “It’s great to be able to hit the roaring 20s with a huge boost for traders, shoppers and visitors to our city from Chester Race Company. The free parking scheme is now in its fourth year and is a success with residents and visitors.
“BID members, from Chester city centre’s bars, shops and restaurants, welcome the return of the initiative which encourages thousands more people into our fabulous city.
“A huge thank you to Chester Race Company for their ongoing commitment to the scheme.”
Chief Executive of Chester Race Company Richard Thomas added: “The free parking initiative has been a huge success in Chester and we are pleased to be able to offer it again for 2020.
“Visitors come to our city to shop, eat, drink and take in its array of sights and unique attractions and being able to leave the car for the whole day without worrying benefits everyone.”
The full list of free parking days at Chester Racecourse and Linenhall Car Park are
• Sunday 26 January
Final day of CH1 Chester Food & Drink Week 2020
• Sunday 23 February
• Sunday 29 March
First day of British Summer Time
• Sunday 26 April
• Sunday 24 May
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
• Sunday 14 June
• Sunday 28 June
• Sunday 12 July
• Sunday 26 July
• Sunday 23 August
• Sunday 13 September
• Sunday 27 September
• Sunday 25 October
• Sunday 29 November
• Sunday 27 December
For more information about parking in Chester, visit http://www.experiencechester.co.uk/how-to-get-here