The City of Wolverhampton Council is set to introduce free evening parking at selected city centre car parks.
A total of 150 free spaces will be created at 4 car parks - Bell Street, Snow Hill, Temple Street and Tempest Street every evening from 5.30pm until 4am from 1 April.
The new introduction enhances the existing 400 on-street parking spaces which are free after 6pm. This brings the total number of free carparking spaces to 550 in the city centre.
Free evening parking will benefit visitors to city events at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, the Arena Theatre, Slade Rooms, Light House and many more.
The free parking will also encourage more visitors to dine in city centre restaurants and will support the upcoming Westside development.
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment said: “Free parking is something both residents and businesses have asked for, for a long time and I’m pleased we have been able to meet some of their needs even when we are under financial pressures.
“It’s important we listen to our residents and support Wolverhampton businesses to boost our local economy. I hope the additional free parking spaces will encourage more visitors our vibrant city centre that has a lot to offer.”
Cherry Shine from Wolverhampton BID is delighted the voice of business owners are being listened to, especially those of the night time economy. She said: “This free parking initiative will definitely be the boost businesses have been asking for.
“We look forward to the number of visitors rising as the city starts to grow when the likes of Westside and the exciting plans on Lichfield Street start to take shape.”