Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 09.11.14Car parking charges at Sunderland’s the Bridges are set to rise next month (Feb).

From Feb 1 the shopping centre’s roof top and multi storey car park will be £1.30p an hour – an increase of 10p.

Thursday nights will continue to be free from 5.30pm to 9pm and a flat rate cost will remain in place on Sundays.

Andy Bradley, Centre director at the Bridges, said the decision to make the small increase had not been taken lightly.

“We have had to introduce this slight increase to ensure that we can maintain the level of quality and services in the Bridges’ car parks while having to also take into account rising staffing and operational costs,” he said.

“However with a number of new retailers already taking up space in the Bridges and with hopefully further announcements to come, we believe that we continue to offer great value and great choice to our shoppers.”