Paid park­ing prov­ing a suc­cess

Bray People - - News -

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.wick­­stones­park­ing or by email­ing grey­stones­park­ing@wick­low­

Park­ing charges are prov­ing highly ef­fec­tive in Grey­stones.

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