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rip-off seaside parking charges – Automotive Blog

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Tourists visiting UK coastal towns this Bank Holiday are being warned to do their research on parking charges.

As the cost-of-living crisis drives more Brits towards summer staycations, several popular private seaside car parks appear to be cashing in, according to research by leading vehicle breakdown provider Start Rescue.

The worst offender was found in Newquay – a destination which welcomed more than 5.9m tourists in 2021 – with one private parking location charging £35 for a stay of just eight hours.

Newquay is one of several popular seaside towns to scrap free parking facilities in favour of expensive new tariffs, removing its free facilities in June 2020.

Start Rescue has advised that it pays to shop around before ditching the car this Bank Holiday, warning visitors to vote with their feet when it comes to rip-off parking providers.

Worst seaside parking rates for eight hours

  1. Newquay – £35
  2. Brighton – £31.50
  3. Blackpool – £18
  4. Bournemouth – £15.95
  5. Weymouth – £15.50
  6. Llandudno – £12
  7. Durdle Door – £10
  8. Polzeath – £10
  9. Scarborough – £9.95
  10. Southend on Sea – £9.30

Source: automotiveblog.co.uk

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