Nexus is making all the park-and-ride sites it owns on the Tyne and Wear Metro system free for summer 2012 - from 18 July to 31 August.
The major Metro park-and-ride sites at Callerton Parkway, Bank Foot, Regent Centre, Four Lane Ends, Northumberland Park and the Stadium of Light, which normally charge £1.60 a day, will be free from 18 July until 31 August – along with most smaller car parks, which are already free.
An extra 1,500 parking spaces at Metro park-and-ride stations will be free as part of the offer.
Consult station information pages in the ‘Metro’ section of this website for details of car parks convenient to you.
The summer offer means there will be free parking for forthcoming major events, starting with the visit of Her Majesty, the Queen to the region on Wednesday, 18 July.
The free park and ride will also be there for the Sunderland International Air Show, 21-22 July, and the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament at St James’ Park in Newcastle, 26 July to 4 August.
Director of Customer Services for Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer free parking at all our of park and ride Metro stations until the end of August.
“There are some major events coming to our region in the next few weeks, starting with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour, the Air Show and then the Olympics, and we want are making sure that Metro is the most convenient and cost effective option.”
The local-authority managed Metro car parks at Kingston Park in Newcastle and, Felling and Heworth in Gateshead are not part of the free parking offer, and normal charges will apply at these throughout the summer.
All other Metro car parks, big and small, will be free from 18 July to 31 August.