Northampton Borough Council is reminding shoppers that there are a range of parking options across the town centre this Christmas.
Throughout the festive period, car parks in Northampton Town Centre experience a significant increase in usage, such that some are often full throughout December.
The most popular car parks are the council’s multi-storeys at St John’s and the Grosvenor Centre, largely due to the free parking offer at each.
But drivers are reminded that the council has two additional multi-storey car parks – Mayorhold on Lady’s Lane or St Michaels, accessed via St Michael’s Road, which offer similar levels of free parking.
And a selection of surface car parks dotted around the town offer competitive hourly rates.
Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “It’s clearly great news that so many people want to visit Northampton in the lead-up to Christmas.
“In order to avoid frustration or disappointment, I would urge drivers to consider some of our lesser-used car parks which can be found in a variety of spots close to the town centre.
“You never know, as a result of varying your route you might even discover some of the hidden gems Northampton has to offer.”
If approaching from the Daventry side of town, drivers are urged to consider Mayorhold, Newlands, Commercial Street, Doddridge Street and the Marefair car park in Gregory Street.
Those approaching from the direction of Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough might use Midsummer Meadow, Upper Mounts, The Ridings, Wellington Street or Albion Place.
Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200072/parking/1181/find_a_car_park for more information on Northampton Borough Council’s car parks.