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Published on 27 March 2020


Free parking

Charging in our car parks will start again from Monday 1 June 2020.

The decision to reintroduce the charges is in line with national guidance and is consistent with the approach taken by other districts within the county.

Free parking will continue to be available to NHS staff, care workers and NHS volunteer responders involved in the Coronavirus response in the council’s long stay car parks. They are able to get a key worker parking pass from their employer under the government guidance. This will allow 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; Viaduct car park and West Walls car park.

Passes are available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service. For further details visit: 

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.

All Carlisle City Council car parks are now open; however the overnight closures of Caldew Riverside, Castle and West Walls car parks will be reinstated from next week onwards. This will prevent 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.


Talkin Tarn - car park

Following the publication of updated coronavirus government guidance (Monday 11 May), the car park at Talkin Tarn will reopen on Wednesday 13 May.

Within the updated guidance it states that “You can drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance.”

The Country Park remains open but please follow social distancing guidelines.

The toilets and Tearoom remain closed to the public.

All Carlisle City Council play areas, Multi-use Games Areas, Outdoor Exercise Areas and the Skate Park remain closed.

Hammond’s Pond car park and access to Stony Holme golf course and the Sheepmount Road will also reopen.

The guidelines have been updated to allow for “exercise outside as often as you wish” and from Wednesday 13 May, you can also sit and rest outside - exercise or recreation can be alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart at all times.

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