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Published on 27 March 2020

Car parking services

Parking update

When using Carlisle City Council 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.

The MiPermit scheme has no hidden costs and is an easy and flexible way to make a cashless payment.

There are a number of ways to use the MiPermit scheme. Customers can call or text, but the easiest way is to use the APP, simply download MIPERMIT onto your smartphone and on arrival at the car park, use your app select your stay and pay. Customers can even extend their stay if out shopping so no need to rush back.

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Car park closures

Due to essential Environment Agency, flood defence works planned this summer, Bitts Park car park remains closed until further notice.

The Swifts car park will also be closed until Thursday 15 April 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 and The Sands car park. 

Paddy’s Market car park remains closed. The closure is to allow essential works to be carried out by United Utilities. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Parking charges

Free parking continues to be available to NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Coronavirus response in our long stay car parks. They are able to get a key worker parking pass from their employer under the government guidance. This allows them to park for free in all council long stay car parks when a permit is displayed in their vehicle. These are: Castle car park; Sands Centre car park; Caldew Riverside car park and Viaduct car park.

Passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. For further details visit the government's website.

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 and Castle car parks are in place. 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. 

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