Important Information on Car Park Closures

Due to essential Environment Agency flood defence works planned this summer, Bitts Park car park will be closed between Tuesday 4 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The Environment Agency flood improvements are vital for protecting the city from future flood risks. We apologise for any inconvenience the car park closure may cause.

Alternative parking is available in nearby car parks including Castle car park, The Sands car park and Swifts Bank car park. Although some flood defence works will be carried out in Swifts Bank car park, it will remain open.

When using the car parks, customers are advised to follow social distancing guidance and if possible, pay by card or contactless rather than use cash and park in alternate bays. The majority of council car parks provide contactless payment options including credit/debit card, mobile phone using MiPermit, Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Overnight closures of Caldew Riverside, Castle and West Walls car parks have been reinstated. This prevents access or exit from the car parks each evening from 8pm to 6.30am the next day in Caldew Riverside and Castle car parks. West Walls car park closes between 11pm and 6.30am

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Parking with a Blue Badge in Carlisle City Council Car Parks


  • Can I park for free in a Carlisle City Council Pay & Display Car Park and how long can I stay?
    Parking is free for up to 3 hours for Blue Badge Holders in any Carlisle City Council Car Park. Please note Marks & Spencer’s car park is a 2 hour maximum stay.


  • Where Can I Park in a Carlisle City Council Pay & Display Car Park?
    A blue badge holder may park in a ‘designated disabled bay’ or a ‘general parking bay’. Please occupy designated disabled bays before using general parking bays.


  • What must I display when parking in a Carlisle City Council Car Park?
    Two things:
    1. A valid Blue Badge must be clearly displayed showing the expiry date, serial number and issuing authority.
    2. A clock disc or parking clock displaying your time of arrival. A note stating your time of arrival is also acceptable.


  • I’ve had 3 hours free parking in a Carlisle City Council Pay & Display Car Park; can I move to a different parking bay and have another 3 hours in the same car park?
    3 hour’s free parking applies to the entire car park and not an individual bay, you may not return to the same car park that day; although you can relocate to another car park.


  • Can I park for longer than 3 hours in a Carlisle City Council Pay & Display Car Park?
    Yes. For stays of over 3 hours, normal Pay & Display charges apply.


  • Can I park for 3 hours in a Carlisle City Council Disc Controlled or Limited Waiting Car Park?
    No. A blue badge holder must adhere to the time restrictions as indicated on signs or information boards, there are no exemptions for blue badge holders. This applies to Back Corporation Road Car Park and Stanwix Car Park.


  • Can I park on Double Yellow Lines in a Car Park?
    No, Double Yellow Lines indicate a restricted area within a car park. Vehicles must be parked wholly within a marked bay or space.


  • Can I park across more than one bay with a Blue Badge?
    No, not without purchasing a Pay & Display ticket for each of the additional bays used

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