Birmingham news Ten things you never knew about parking your car in Birmingham PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Christmas car parking in a city like Birmingham sounds easy - but there can be hidden mysteries and sweet surprises from umbrella and buggy hire to shoe shine and jump lead access.

Birmingham news Ten things you never knew about parking your car in Birmingham PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Christmas car parking in a city like Birmingham sounds easy - but there can be hidden mysteries and sweet surprises from umbrella and buggy hire to shoe shine and jump lead access.

Birmingham news Ten things you never knew about parking your car in Birmingham PremierLeague-News.Com
25 November 2022 - 05:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Welcome to Birmingham - a city full of diversity. And that's just the car parks. Parking your car seems like a simple challenge until you realise there are more than just price 'catches' to watch out for. But, as well as the additional Clean Air Zone charges for non-compliant vehicles and potential £70 bus gate fines - there can be some unexpected benefits, too. So whether you are coming in to town for Christmas events and theatre shows, to do Christmas shopping at the Bullring, to enjoy the Birmingham German Christmas Market, visit Christmas in Cathedral Square, tour the free Penguin art trail or to enjoy Ice Skate Birmingham's four big attractions in Centenary Square, please read on. And discover some of the ten things you probably never knew about parking your car in Birmingham. Read more: The best places to park in Birmingham city centre and what you must know In the read more link above, we've taken a look at every major site in the city centre as part of our annual review of prices which has been fully updated car park by car park - you should refer to this guide to get the full details of some of the highlights below. But for now it's time to raise the barrier... and in we go in search of some of the best offers. And pitfalls, too. Price watch Everybody knows times are tough financially with the cost of living crisis and that everyone is out for a good deal if not a bargain. So here's some of the things to look out for. The main Bullring Shopping Centre Car Park entrance and exit seen from Park Street - but it's more expensive to park here than at Bullring Moor Street, Bulring Edgbaston Street and Bullring Grand Central car parks (Image: Graham Young / BirminghamLive) 1. The Bullring (3060 spaces across all three sites) The giant shopping centre has three car parks. There's one underneath, one across the road at the former Debenhams end and a third around the corner of Selfridges. But although there are 3,060 spaces between them, not all Bullring spaces are equal. The price for the three-hour timeband, for example, can vary by a massive 26 per cent. Parking below the centre itself is £8.50, compared with £7 at Bullring Moor Street and £6.50 for Bullring Edgbaston Street (ex-Debenhams). Why pay more? 2. NCP New Street St Jude's (485 spaces) Similarly, you might think all car parks operated by this company would be run in the same way. But although there is now an option to pay on the day (higher prices) or to use the ParkPass App to save money, every car park it runs has a different pricing structure. Not only that, but at New Street NCP (off St Jude's Passage) the price of parking is a rolling £2.95 per hour if you pay on the day or £2.45 using the app. 3. NCP Londonderry House, Dalton Street (720 spaces) Money no object? The more traditional price band is used at this multi-storey next to the law courts, but beware of overstaying! The pay on the day price is £4.95 for one hour and then jumps to £9.90 for two hours and £14.95 for three - that's a 69 per cent increase on the New Street St Jude's price for three hours. 4. NCP - High Street, Dale End (1073 spaces) Want to go cheap? The pay on the day prices here are £1.45 for one hour, £2.90 for two hours and £4.35 for three hours - which means anyone parking at NCP Londonderry House for the same amount of time and just 300 yards up the road will be paying almost 245 per cent more. 5. B4, Weaman Street (763 spaces) Once described as the 'Taj Mahal of underground car parks', the privately-run B4's prices have rocketed since lockdown and members' prices are now closer to non-members. The difference used to save members 20 per cent during the week and 50 per cent at the weekends, but those have been cut to 15 per cent weekdays and 30 per cent at weekends. The cost of parking for three hours is now £10 for non-members, seven days per week. Or it's £8.50 for members during the week falling to £7 at weekends. The rooftop level of Grand Central Car Park, viewed at dawn in February this year from 103 Colmore Row tower (Image: Graham Young / Birmingham Mail) 6. Grand Central (450 spaces) You can't get closer to New Street Station than here... but the car park was mysteriously closed for a year until this summer. It has now reopened with Britannia Parking replacing NCP as the operator. Given the lack of publicity about its closure and reopening, it is offering what it calls 'introductory prices'. They are - £1.50 - 1 hour; £3 - 2 hours; £4.50 - 3 hours; £10 - up to 24 hours. Early bird (pre-9am) - £5. That's way cheaper than any comparable car park in the area so grab that deal while you can. Open daily from 6am till 11.30pm, with 450 spaces (13 family, 23 disabled). Good value Birmingham City Council operates several car parks in the city centre - and if you are prepared to walk for ten minutes its most modern one with lifts etc offers the best value.... 7.

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.10 - two hours; £5.10 - four hours; £5.90 - six hours; £6.90 -12 hours; £9.80 - up to 24 hours. Weekday annual season tickets (7am-7pm) £940, all day every day £1,295. Futuristic: Birmingham City Council's Millennium Point car park off Jennens Road is half the price for six hours compared with Bullring centre just ten minutes' walk away (Image: Graham Young / BirminghamLive) Remember, up to six hours in the Bullring would cost you £12 - which is more than twice as much. You would also be fined £70 if you went through the 'bus gate' on Moor Street Queensway trying to get to the Bullring. Street watch Prices are naturally higher in the 'central zone' but there are still ways to save...8. On-street parkingIn 'central zone' areas like the Colmore business district it is currently (from 8am) £3.60 for one hour. The price increases to £6.20 for up to two hours, £7.70 for up to three hours and £9.70 for four-hours. The biggest thing to look out for is the 6pm til 7.30pm band. A flat rate charge of £3.80 applies though, whether you arrive at 6pm or 7.15pm for a show. Hold on til 7.30pm if possible and then it's free.Other areas with lower rates might not let you stay for four hours, such as some spaces in the Jewellery Quarter. But here the maximum rate for four-hours is £4.70 - less than half the £9.70 price in the central zone which might only be five to ten minutes walk away across Great Charles Queensway.Some 'temporary discounted charges' apply to Holliday Street, Hurst Street and Thorp Street from 8am til 6pm. Rates at these sites are: £2.10 - one hour; £3.10 - two hours, £5 - three hours and £6 - four hours. Parking for up to 90 minutes anytime from 6pm til charging ends at 7.30pm is £2.20. View from the 'green' level six of Birmingham city council's The Cage / Town Hall car park on Brunel Street, looking out across the A38 Suffolk Street Queensway towards The Mailbox (Image: Graham Young / BirminghamLive) Special offers Sometimes it can be to check where you are going to see if they do deals. For example...9. Mailbox QPark (687 spaces)There's a 15 per cent discount for anyone staying at Malmaison or AC Hotel (ask at reception). A 15 per cent discount applies at Everyman Cinema (take your ticket to the bar). On pre-paid tickets for visitors to the Alexandra Theatre (there are 3 hour, 5 hour, 9 hour and Evening Parking Special Products). B:Music membership holders (formerly Town Hall and Symphony Hall) can park for up to 12 hours from noon til 1pm for £5.60. There's also a special area for bicycles - and that's free. Access and departures can be difficult at peak times (e.g. Saturday Christmas shopping afternoons) Unexpected extras Car parks can make you feel like they are there to swallow your money. But one car park has more. to offer than you might imagine...10. Brindleyplace QPark (890 spaces)Like Birmingham City Council's Millennium Point, this privately-owned car park benefits from having modern build qualities. It also says it offers free buggy and umbrella hire, AED defibrillator, shoe polisher, jump leads as well as having lifts. There is also motorcycle and bicycle parking. Access to and from the car park can be tricky so allow extra time in peak periods (e.g. Utilita Arena / Symphony Hall concert nights). READ NEXT: Brumwish campaign to make sure needy children get a free gift gets £10k boost from Amazon Full list of food and drink prices at Birmingham's Cathedral Christmas market Christmas events 2022 you'll want to book tickets for now around Birmingham and the Midlands All the missing stalls from the Birmingham German Christmas Market 2022 Best family friendly cafes, pubs and restaurants in and around Birmingham

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