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Manchester city centre extended parking fees postponed

Plans to extend the times during which people have to pay for street parking in Manchester city centre have been postponed after the riots.

The hours were due to be extended from 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Saturday to 08:00 to 20:00 seven days a week from the end of this month.

The council said the delay was to help businesses "get back on their feet following last week's disorder".

The authority hopes it will encourage people to go back into the city centre.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: "Last week's riots were some of the worst scenes of violence the city centre has ever seen and extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures.

"We don't feel it's the right time to implement these proposals, and have put the decision on hold to help businesses recover as we drive home the message that the city is open for business as usual."

Free trams

On Wednesday, the council announced that shoppers would be able to park free of charge on the street and at three city centre car parks for the next three Thursdays, from 16:00 and 20:00.

Parking will also be free in the High Street (Arndale) car park for the next three Saturdays between 18:30 and 22:00.

And Metrolink announced there would be free tram travel on Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00, with a voucher downloaded from the internet or cut out of the Manchester Evening News.

Many shops were damaged and looted during rioting in Manchester city centre and Salford last week.

Police have arrested more than 240 people over the disturbance and charged more than 150.

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