Parking changes announced for cruise ship season

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CHANGES to the parking arrangements in Town will begin tomorrow for the start of the cruise ship season.

Measures taken this year to accommodate passengers will be the same as those operated in 2016, Traffic and Highway Services has said.

While the alternative parking arrangements are in place, there will be a total of 46 fewer car parking spaces available in Town on each of the 69 days when larger cruise ships are scheduled to visit on a Monday to Saturday between 21 April and 8 October.

This will be just six spaces fewer on the 10 days when smaller ships are due to visit.

On non-cruise ship days - of which there are currently 88 days on a Monday to Saturday - there will be an extra 25 car parking spaces available in Town as compared to the current numbers.

The cruise ship season begins on Tuesday 21st March with the arrival of the 1,266 capacity Aidavita.

This is followed with cruise ship visits on the 9 and 16 April, and then regular arrivals from 21 April through until 8 October.

Changes begin tomorrow with the small car parking spaces at the eastern end of Albert Pier not being available until Wednesday morning and then from 8 April onwards.

Other changes will come into force on Monday, including the two-hour parking spaces on the southern side of Albert Pier being changed to taxi and booked hire car parking from 6pm.

Parking on the Red Light Arm - excluding the Marine Traders bay - of the Albert Pier will also be suspended the evening before and during the day of most cruise ship visits for coach tour parking.

40 spaces of 10-hour parking, on the seaward side of South Esplanade by Havelet Bay, will change to two-hour on Tuesday and then from 21 April for the season. Additional 10-hour parking will be provided on Castle Emplacement in an area normally reserved for Port Permit holders. Angled spaces next to the Fisherman's Quay slipway, which have historically been used for other Harbour uses in the summer months, will be retained for public parking.

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