Middlesbrough Council to trial free car parking

A free car parking trial will be introduced within days as a Teesside council attempts to boost town centre trade.

Shoppers will be able to park in council-run car parks around Middlesbrough for up to two hours over a six-month period.

The trial, which starts on Monday, is in response to "haemorrhaging" custom, the council said.

It is estimated the scheme will cost the authority £300,000 in lost revenue.

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