Ipswich Adopts 2 Types of Six-Month Free Parking Trials

Motorists using the on-street and off-street parking spaces around the Ipswich city centre will enjoy new parking options under two types of free parking trials adopted by the Ipswich City Council.

The trials were introduced on Monday, 26 Oct 2020, and will run until the end of April 2021. 

The scheme will cover around 3,500 unrestricted or time-managed parking spaces, whilst approximately 710 spaces will be subjected to priced parking. 

Parking trial 1 includes the free use of CBD parking spaces for 15 minutes. Parking trial 2 includes the lifting of the time and pay restrictions of on-street parking during Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Photo Credit: Ipswich City Council

Motorists are encouraged to look at the new City of Ipswich Parking Pricing Strategy and share their comments or feedback about the free parking trials in the comment box.  

Prior to the trial, Ipswich City Council’s parking pricing around the CBD were as follows: 

0.5 hr$0.70
1 hr$1.40
2 hrs$2.80
3 hrs$4.20
4 hrs$5.60
9 hrs$7.00

“It is great news for the business community and for people coming to the CBD. Some of the most common complaints have been from motorists having to pay for a brief stop in the city centre,” Deputy Mayor Marnie Doyle said. “[Feedback] is particularly important at this time, with the Ipswich Central redevelopment nearing completion, that we learn what works best for motorists and businesses in the CBD.”