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Park and Ride to remain free in Salisbury

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Changes to parking arrangements in Salisbury have been confirmed by Wiltshire Council, with the Free After Three initiative being discontinued in all but one car park, but park and ride remaining free to use.

The Free After Three initiative, which sees charges waived after 3pm, was discontinued last week in all car parks except Culver Street.

However, the five park and ride sites that serve Salisbury, Wilton, Beehive, London Road, Petersfinger and Britford remain free from Monday to Saturday.

Free park and ride was introduced last year in the wake of the nerve agent attack, in a bid to retain retail and tourism footfall.

Free parking on a Sunday remains in all car parks in Salisbury and in car parks across Wiltshire.

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.

"It also allows easy access to our beautiful city, which was recently named the best place to live by The Sunday Times.

"We will continue to do everything we can to assist and support Salisbury. We are looking forward to hosting the upcoming OVO cycle race and the Armed Forces National Event in the next few months."

The free parking initiative was funded by Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council and has helped to improve footfall in the city. The cost of free parking will continue to be funded by both councils.

Wiltshire Council will be looking to pilot various initiatives in Salisbury during the summer months including new technology to make parking more accessible and initiatives 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.

"The continuation of five free Park and Ride sites, is very welcomed and will help those working in the City as well as Tourists who we wish to see spend more time exploring and experiencing our beautiful Salisbury."

Robin McGowan, Salisbury BID chief executive, said: "The BID has been working closely with the council to evidence the impact of last year's events on businesses, and we're delighted Wiltshire Council are continuing to support our business members with these parking initiatives.

"Salisbury BID negotiated Free After Three parking in Culver Street car park with Wiltshire Council almost five years ago, and we're pleased the council have agreed to continue to support this initiative, allowing visitors to come during the day and stay into the evening for free.

"As well as encouraging more people into the city, the free park and 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."

"The BID fully support Wiltshire Council's proposal to introduce new technology to make Salisbury's car parks more accessible and to give visitors a better experience upon entering the city."

"Salisbury is making positive steps in the recovery process and we're looking forward to supporting businesses through a vibrant summer full of events."