Annual Parking Report 2021 to 2022
Parking provision within the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Car parking locations and available spaces can be found on our find a car park page.
Following the Covid Pandemic and to kickstart economic growth, the Council introduced free 3 hour parking in short stay car parks across the Borough, a Tees Valley wide initiative funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority. This funding is in place for two years and is proposed to cease in February 2023. Tickets are still required to be obtained from a ticket machine.
All pay and display car parks in Stockton have the option of paying by RingGo. This is a cashless method of paying for parking via a mobile phone; it does incur a minimal additional convenience charge. .
The use of car parks for sleeping, camping or cooking is not permitted and such facilities are available at the privately operated White Water Caravan Club and Drovers Way Holiday Caravan Park.
Stockton Town Centre
There are currently 19 off-street car parks and 14 on-street car parking places in Stockton Town Centre which are all pay and display. Overall there are 1215 parking spaces to be managed (1017 off-street and 198 on-street).
The current free tariff for 3 hours parking is aimed to encourage short-stay parking within the town centre. Maximum length of stay restrictions are generally structured to promote short-stay parking, and frequent turnover of spaces within the town centre. Long stay car parking is located on the periphery of the town centre utilised predominantly by commuters.
There are also limited waiting bays located on street around the town centre that provide 2 hours free parking that can be found in Dovecot Street and Skinner Street areas, Lawson Street, Farrer Street and Riverside.
There are also two multi-storey car parks within Stockton Town Centre, Wellington Square and Castlegate, operated on behalf of the Council and a further 3 car parks available to commuters and visitors to Stockton that are managed by other organisations.
Billingham Town Centre
There are six off-street car parks in Billingham Town Centre, all of which are free to park with unlimited duration of stay with the exception of the Aldi car park and the car park between Aldi and B&M which are limited to 1 ½ hours. Four of the six off-street car parks are managed by another operator. The two off-street car parks managed by the Council are The Forum and the Community Centre car parks.
Thornaby Town Centre
Parking in Thornaby town centre is privately managed with a 3 hour limit at the Pavilion car park and 2 hours at Asda supermarket. Some limited on-street parking is also available in the vicinity of the Health Centre.
Yarm Town Centre
Yarm is an historic market town, the high street is a Principal road, the A67, and is of high importance for traffic movement. The cobbles of Yarm High Street are public highway providing 306 on street short stay spaces. Parking on the high street is free for 3 hours which is also the maximum stay with 'no return for 3 hours' in operation. A free ticket must still be obtained from the pay and display machine.
In addition, there are 3 Council owned, off street car parks at Castle Dyke Wynd (23 spaces) Yarm Wharf (38 spaces) and The Old Market (16 spaces) that are all predominantly used for long stay parking. All off-street pay and display car parks in Yarm have the option of paying by RingGo. Stockton Council has also secured a site on West Street, Yarm for a 55 space long stay car park which is expected to be opened in 2022.