Park and Stride: Free Christmas parking scheme expanded in Limerick with new sites

The Cleeve’s Site on O’Callaghan Strand is open on December 7 and will remain open daily until New Year’s Eve inclusive

The Cleeve’s Site on O’Callaghan Strand is open on December 7 and will remain open daily until New Year’s Eve inclusive

THE free Christmas parking scheme in Limerick has been expanded to include a host of new sites.

Hundreds of free car parking spaces will be available for shoppers and visitors to Limerick city centre this Christmas, beginning this weekend, Limerick City and County Council has said.

There will be both Park and Strides and Park and Rides available around the city, with new sites including the Irish Rail Depot, Great National South Court Hotel in Raheen and University of Limerick.

The extra spaces along with the Cleeve’s site along with the Council’s own car park at Merchant’s Quay, which is accessed via Nicholas Street, will mean shoppers and visitors to the city will be able to park for free.

The free Park and Strides will operate from 9am to 9pm each day and security will be provided at these sites. All the Park and Strides are within a short walk of the shopping districts in the city centre.

“This weekend will be hopping in Limerick with live music from the vintage caravan stage on Bedford Row all afternoon for Savins Musical Treats, a winter busking competition on Upper William Street, plenty of gift ideas with our Limerick Unwrapped events and a host of free, family friendly events in Limerick with Toots the train leading the charge on traditionally, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year,” said Laura Ryan, head of marketing and communications with the council.

Dee Ryan, CEO of Limerick Chamber, said the additional parking was very welcome.

“Our members are pleased with the announcement of hundreds of extra car parking spaces for Christmas 2018, making a day trip to Limerick City an attractive offering for seasonal shoppers as well as those who simply wish to get a bite to eat and enjoy the festive atmosphere,” said the Chamber boss.

The Cleeve’s Site on O’Callaghan Strand is open on December 7 and will remain open daily until New Year’s Eve inclusive. The Council Car Park, via Nicholas Street, will operate on Saturday and Sundays the 8th, 9th 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd Dec as well as Christmas Eve inclusive.

The Irish Rail Depot, Roxboro Road will be open on this Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th Dec and then daily from the 15th Dec to Christmas Eve inclusive.

In addition, there are two Park & Ride locations on the outskirts of the city, which will be on from 9am to 9pm.

The Park and Ride at the Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen operates on the 8th, 9th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd Dec, while the University of Limerick Park and Ride will be operating on Saturday and Sunday for the next three weekends. Motorists using the Park and Rides will then board regular Bus Éireann scheduled services 304, 304A (from both locations) and 301 from Raheen.

In Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West, motorists will get an extra two hours free parking in each of the towns from 2.30pm daily from December 7 until 31 inclusive. The first hour is already free.