LONG-term parking in Newcastle’s east end will be slashed earlier than planned to alleviate pressure on east end residents struggling to find a space in their own neighbourhood.
Newcastle City Council announced the changes would come into force from Monday, an earlier introduction than initially planned.
It will mean a total of 90 parks will shift from eight-hour and 12-hour zones to permanently become two or four-hour zones.
The council said works had been fast-tracked to coincide with civil works ahead of November’s maiden Supercars event in the city.
Wharf Road parking between Watt Street and Queens Wharf will temporarily become an eight-hour zone to offset the loss of all-day parking.
Interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said the council made the decision to create more parking turnover for businesses and prompt commuters to think about alternative modes of travel.
"The changes come from consultation with east end residents and businesses, via the Major Events Residents Working Group, and align with Council's long-term focus to prioritise active and public transport,” he said.
Permit holders in the east end will also temporarily be able to exceed time limits at the southern end of Telford Street.
An extra 58 spaces at the bottom of Fort Scratchley will also be made available for Nobbys Road and Parnell Place residents.