Changes are being made to parking along North Tyneside’s coastline.
North Tyneside Council is launching a flexible parking initiative so drivers can use the same ticket to park at all charged parking facilities along the coast.
The scheme will also see the council commission a new map-based app called AppyParking that will direct drivers to the parking facilities along the coast and provide information on the parking tariffs that apply.
In addition, a six-month cashless parking only trial will be held at some off-street car parks along the coast involving paying to park over the phone using a debit or credit card instead of using cash at a machine.
The trial is in response to repeated vandalism to pay and display machines.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “This scheme will make it easier and cheaper to enjoy our beautiful coastline.
“If you buy a ticket in one parking facility at the coast you can then use it to park in any other charged parking facility along the seafront in North Tyneside, as long as the ticket is still valid.”
The scheme, due to come into effect from August 1, includes Sea Banks, Spa Access, Grand Parade, Beaconsfield car park, Longsands – all Tynemouth; Spanish City car park, Spanish City Link Road, Bournemouth Gardens car park, Dunes Walk car park, Brierdene car park, St Mary’s Island car park south – all Whitley Bay.
Cashless car parking will be introduced at Spanish Battery car park, Sea View car park, Grand Parade car park – all Tynemouth; Mini Golf car park, St Mary’s Island car park north, Whitley Bay.
Coun Harrison added: “The launch of the new app will also help visitors find the numerous public parking facilities that the council provides along the coast and give them parking information before they travel.
“And the Cashless Parking Only trial will not only help tackle problems with vandalism but also make parking more convenient as you won’t need to worry about having the right change or even have to leave your car when you buy your ticket – you can pay simply and quickly using your mobile phone.
“If it proves successful then we will look to extend the trial to other locations on a phased basis.
“We are delighted to be launching this new scheme, which we’re sure will help many visitors take advantage of all of the borough’s coastal beauty spots.”
For more information about Cashless Parking Only visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk and search ‘cashless parking’.