Tyne & Wear

Sunderland car parking charges to increase

Entrance to the Bridges car park in Sunderland Image copyright Google
Image caption The car park at the Bridges shopping centre is among those to raise its prices

Car parking charges are set to increase in Sunderland in an effort to balance budgets, the city council said.

Council-owned car parks and the Bridges shopping centre will charge 10p an hour more from 2 February.

On Thursdays parking will still be free after 15:00 in council car parks and after 17:30 at the Bridges. An all-day ticket on Sundays will stay at £1.50.

The council said prices had been frozen for five years and it needed to increase them to offset costs.

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