Network Rail is offering key workers free parking at 24 locations across Britain, as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By downloading the APCOA Connect App and following a set of simple instructions, key workers from nurses and carers, to transport workers and supermarket employees, can park for free at locations across the country, including at London Paddington, Birmingham New Street and York, until the end of April.
At Edinburgh Waverley, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham Ellis Street and Reading, the car park barriers will automatically open and therefore there is no need to use the app.
David Biggs, managing director for Network Rail Property, said: “We recognise the tremendous effort all of our key workers are putting in during this challenging time. This simple gesture is about showing we care for those people who are caring for us, from the nurses in our NHS to the supermarket workers restocking shelves.
“We are relying on the goodwill of people at this difficult time to only use the free parking option if they are a key worker as defined by Government guidelines. This is an evolving situation so we’ll keep the offer under review and may choose to extend it beyond 30 April.”
The announcement follows the Government’s recent decision that local councils will suspend car parking fees for NHS and care workers across the country.
Some Network Rail station managers across the network have also offered free parking for NHS and care workers in their own locally managed car parks. For further details, visit www.networkrail.co.uk/parking.
Meanwhile, people are reminded that with only essential travel being recommended during the coronavirus pandemic, a reduced timetable is operating on the rail network.
This will ensure that critical supplies and key workers, like carers and NHS staff, are able to keep moving over the coming months to help tackle the spread of COVID-19.
People are advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk every day to check the new rail service times.
Car parks with free key worker parking:
- Birmingham Ellis Street (app not required)
- Birmingham New Street (Short Stay)
- Bristol Temple Meads
- Chippenham Cocklebury Road
- Dartford Car Park
- Droitwich Spa
- Edinburgh Waverely (app not required)
- Llandudno Station
- Liverpool Lime Street (app not required)
- London Paddington
- Manchester Piccadilly (app not required)
- Manchester Victoria
- Reading Station Underground Short Stay (app not required)
- Swindon North Star Street
- Swindon Sheppard Street
- Walsall Car Park
- Welwyn Garden City
- Wigan Wallgate
- York Commuter
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