A new scheme of parking charges at Metro park and ride sites, including free parking after 5pm and free parking on Sundays, has come into effect.
Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, is lowering the cost of parking to £1 at all the Metro park rides it manages. Parking will be free all day on Sundays.
Four-week and annual parking permits will allow regular commuters to make further savings on the cost of parking. The four week permit will cost £16. The annual permit will cost £196, saving commuters £64 a year. Two vehicles can be registered per permit.
The new pricing structure has been set after a four and a half month special offer which has allowed free parking at Metro park and ride stations.
Car parks at Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and the Stadium of Light, which were £1.60 earlier this year, will cost just £1 to park for a whole day. They will be free to use after 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and free all day on Sundays.
The free parking after 5pm is being introduced to encourage greater leisure use on Metro at a time when more retail outlets in local town and city centres are open later in the evenings.
An extra 1,500 parking spaces at Metro park-and-ride stations will now cost less than they did two years, when the prices last went up.
Director of Customer Services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “From Saturday we are introducing a park and ride charge of £1 a day, and we are making it free to park after 5pm and free all day on Sundays.
“We have decided to make a long-term reduction to the charge, and make it free after 5pm, rather than going back up to the previous price of £1.60.
“Four week and annual parking permits will also allow regular users to make further savings.”
Passengers will be able to buy the new four weekly and annual car parking permits by downloading an application form and going to the link at the bottom of the page. Click here.
Car parks at Felling and Heworth in Gateshead and Kingston Park in Newcastle are not owned by Nexus and other charges apply at these locations.