Gloucester's evening economy is in for a boost after the city council slashed car parking charges.
The multi-storey car parks in Kings Walk and the Eastgate Centre will be free after 5pm in the evenings, compared with the current end time of 7pm.
The Southgate Moorings car park at The Docks will be free after 6pm, with the evening charge of £2 abolished. This carpark has been extremely busy after the recent opening of TGI Friday's at the Docks.
The changes are due to take effect from the end of September. Most other City Council car parks are free after 6pm, as is most city centre on-street parking.
The changes come after requests from residents and businesses and are designed to help boost the evening economy in the city.
The Kings Walk multi-storey car park serves the Gloucester Guildhall entertainment venue and Southgate Moorings is popular with visitors to the bars and restaurants in the Docks and the Gloucester Quays leisure quarter.
Council Leader, Paul James said: “In recent years, we have made significant changes to our parking tariff, both bringing charges down and bringing forward the time when charging stops. These latest changes are the next logical steps.
“We want to support the evening economy in the city centre and the Docks and Quays.
"The Guildhall is a cultural gem in the heart of the city centre and with some films starting at 5.45pm, adjusting the charging times in the adjacent car park seems sensible.
"These changes will not only support the Guildhall but all of the evening businesses in the city centre.
“The success of the new leisure quarter at Gloucester Quays has stopped the leak of spend from Gloucester to other evening destinations and brought more people to the area.
"Ending the night-time charging at Southgate Moorings is part of our contribution to ensuring that success is sustained.”