13 December 2012
Northumberland National Park Authority brings car parking charges into line with other northern visitor sites
At the Northumberland National Park Authority meeting today, members of the Authority approved a modest increase in car parking charges at its car parks along Hadrian’s Wall.
The increase will contribute vital resources to the maintenance of these important visitor facilities at a time when the Authority has experienced significant reductions in its budget. The increased income will enable the Authority to support the provision of visitor facilities across the National Park.
Parking all day at National Park car parks along Hadrian’s Wall will increase in 2013 by £1, from £3 to £4, and a 7-day holiday pass will rise to £15. The Hadrian’s Wall annual pass will only increase to £20 making it less than £1.70 per month to park at any Hadrian’s Wall car park within the National Park.
Speaking after the Authority’s decision Tony Gates, Chief Executive said: “The Authority has taken a very careful approach to reviewing its parking charges. We have not increased parking charges for several years, and we are aware that the cost of fuel has increased whilst many household budgets are under pressure. We have sought to benchmark our charges at a level which we feel are fair and reasonable.”
The car parking charges will bring the charges at National Park Authority car parks in line with those at similar visitor attractions locally and across the region.