Parking charges to be reintroduced in some off-street car parks

Following the publication of the government’s “road map to recovery” from Covid-19, Lancaster City Council will be reintroducing parking charges in some of its off-street car parks.

Effective from Friday, May 15, charges will apply at its car parks in Morecambe, Heysham and Williamson Park. However, city council car parks in and around Lancaster city centre will continue to remain free to help support key workers during the pandemic.

This is part of the council’s plans to help residents enjoy the outdoors and also manage the extra service demands of more people driving longer distances to visit the area.

Councillor Dr Erica Lewis, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is far from over and many communities are still feeling its devastating effects.

“However, the government’s changes in approach means we are expecting more visitors. Lancaster City Council wants to take practical measures to facilitate residents enjoying our stunning coast without being crowded out by travelling tourists on a day out.

"We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Morecambe and the district, but for the moment the safest course is still to stay home and not make unnecessary trips."

As part of measures to ensure public safety and continue to reduce the spread of Covid-19, motorists using the car parks are asked to pay by Ring Go wherever possible. For more information or to register, visit

Council staff will also be ensuring additional cleaning of all payment machines, in a bid to reduce transmission.

This applies to city council-run car parks only, and private car park owner may operate differently. Motorists are advised to check individual sites before entering.

Lancashire County Council is continuing to enforce on-street parking restrictions as normal.

The car parks with charges from Friday are:

Back Brighton Terrace


Battery Breakwater

Marine 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Bay Arena

Morecambe Bus station

Billy Hill

Pedder Street

Coastal Road

Railway Station

Festival market/Old station

Telephone Exchange

Goods yard

Town Hall

Heysham Village

West View Road

Williamson Park

For more information about which car parks remain free, visit


Last updated: 13 May 2020