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St Helens Borough Council to introduce free Saturday car parking over Christmas period

In a bid to support the local economy over the Christmas period, free Saturday parking will be introduced on all council-run car parks in St Helens town centre this weekend.

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Article date: 20 November 2023

Starting on Saturday 25 November - the same day as the Christmas lights switch-on event headlined by The K's - free car parking will be available all-day Saturday over the next four-weeks, up to and including Saturday 23 December - with free parking already in place on a Sunday.

Free Saturday parking is already available in Earlestown, the borough's other town centre.

Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron, Deputy Leader of St Helens Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, said: "We know many residents and businesses want to see free parking introduced in St Helens town centre more often, but doing so comes at a cost to the council at a time when we need to manage a balanced budget and protect essential services which so many in our borough depend on.    

"However, we recognise the importance of supporting local retailers too during the busiest time of year so we're happy to offer free Saturday parking for the next month as a means of encouraging people into St Helens town centre - starting this Saturday in time for Christmas lights switch-on event which is a great occasion for the town and not to be missed with the top-class free music and entertainment on offer."

Car parks free on a Saturday include:      

  • Birchley Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Central Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Hardshaw Centre - Roof Top Car Park    
  • Mill Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Millennium Centre - Surface Car Park    
  • North John Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Parr Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Tolver Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Tontine - Multi Storey Car Park    
  • Ward Street - Surface Car Park    
  • Waterloo Street - Surface Car Park    

This offer does not apply to on street pay and display parking spaces.  

For more information on town centre parking, visit: