Manchester's free parking to entice shoppers to return

Manchester Arndale Centre
Image caption Manchester City Council hopes to encourage more shoppers to return to the city centre

Free parking and free tram travel are being offered to attract shoppers back to Manchester's city centre following last week's disturbances.

For the next three Thursdays and weekends there will be free street parking along with some commercial car parks, said the city council.

While tram operator Metrolink has announced free travel on Sunday.

Thousands of people ransacked shops in the city centre, leaving parts of the main shopping area sealed off.

Councillor Pat Karney, the Labour-run council's city centre spokesman, said: "We realise household budgets are squeezed but it would mean the world to a lot of the staff in the shops in Manchester if you come in and say hello."

For the next three Thursdays parking will be free in the following car parks: Chester Street, Printworks and Salford Exchange from 1600 to 2000 with council matching this with free on street parking.

Parking will also be free in the High Street (Arndale) car park for the next three Saturdays between 1830 and 2200.

Metrolink is offering free travel on Sunday from 1000 to 1800 for up to two adults and two children using a voucher which can be downloaded from the internet or cut from the Manchester Evening News.

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