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St Helens Borough Council to introduce free Saturday car parking over Christmas period

In a bid to encourage residents to support the local economy over the Christmas period, free Saturday parking will be introduced on all Council-run car parks in St Helens Town Centre next week.

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Article date: 17 November 2022

Starting on Saturday 26 November - the same day as the Christmas lights switch-on event - free car parking will be available all-day Saturday over a five-week period up to and including 24 December, Christmas Eve.  

Free Saturday parking is already available in Earlestown, the Borough's other Town Centre 

Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "We know many residents and businesses want to see free parking introduced in St Helens Town Centre more often, but doing so comes at a cost to the Council at a time when we need to manage a balanced budget and protect essential services which so many in our Borough depend on.   

"However, we recognise the importance of supporting local retailers too during the busiest time of year so we're happy to offer free Saturday parking as a means of encouraging people into St Helens Town Centre."

Car parks free on a Saturday include:     

Birchley Street - Surface Car Park    

Central Street - Surface Car Park    

Cotham Street - Surface Car Park    

Hardshaw Centre - Roof Top Car Park    

Mill Street - Surface Car Park    

Millennium Centre - Surface Car Park    

North John Street - Surface Car Park    

Parr Street - Surface Car Park    

Tolver Street - Surface Car Park    

Tontine - Multi Storey Car Park    

Ward Street - Surface Car Park    

Waterloo Street - Surface Car Park    


This offer does not apply to on street pay and display parking spaces.    

For more information on town centre parking, visit: 

For a full guide of festive events taking place in around St Helens Town Centre this Christmas, go to

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Last modified on 21 November 2022