Paid parking proving a success
HAVING HOPED that the Greystones paid parking scheme would free the town of congestion and make more spaces available for people wishing to park on a short-term basis, Council officials have been proved right.
Spaces in the town centre previously taken for the entire day by commuters travelling on the dart are now available for shoppers and people on short-term business, while the free park and ride facility down the road is being used by more vehicles.
‘This is much better for business,’ said one local trader. ‘If it’s not convenient to park people will stay away. From what I’ve heard, most people don’t mind handing over a euro or two for a spot. These days it’s expected that you must pay for parking spaces.’
The park and ride facility on Mill Road contains 462 spaces and is owned by the council. Offi- cials are eager to point out that the facility will continue to operate free of charge despite plans by Irish Rail to introduce charges at other stations in the county. ‘The park and ride facility belongs to the council and no charge will be incurred for parking there,’ said an engineer.
The scheme operates from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a charge of ¤1 per hour with a minimum payment of 20 cent for 12 minutes.
The duration of parking permitted is either two hours, four hours or all day depending on the zone.
More information is available on www.wicklow.ie/greystonesparking or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking charges are proving highly effective in Greystones.