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18 July 2012, 07:12
Car parks at Tyne and Wear Metro stations across the region will be free from today for people heading to events
Nexus is making all the Metro car parks it manages free of charge from Wednesday 18th July until 31st August - creating an extra 1,500 free parking spaces for the summer.
The offer means there is free parking to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit, as well as for Sunderland Air Show and Olympic Football at St James' Park, with extra trains running for both.
Cllr David Wood, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said:
"Free car parking at stations makes Metro better value than ever for making the most of summer, as well as making life easier for regular commuters.
There's many great events coming up, starting with the visit of Her Majesty, the Queen, and public transport is the best way to enjoy them."
Where Can I Park For Free?
The major Metro park-and-ride sites at:
* Callerton Parkway
* Bank Foot
* Regent Centre
* Four Lane Ends
* Northumberland Park
* Stadium of Light
These stations normally charge £1.60 a day, but will be free from 18th July until 31st August - along with most smaller car parks which are already free.
The local authority-managed Metro car park at Kingston Park in Newcastle will also be free on Saturdays and Sundays.
Felling and Heworth in Gateshead are not part of the free parking offer, and normal charges will apply at these throughout the summer. For further information about public transport for the Queen's visit, Sunderland Air Show and Olympic Football go to the Nexus website, nexus.org.uk.