Network Rail has today (1 April) announced it is offering key workers free parking at 24 locations across Britain, as the country responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

As lockdown restrictions are easing and rail services increase, normal parking charges will now apply.

These changes come into place from midnight, Monday 18 May 2020 and therefore our free parking offer will no longer apply. Thank you for your understanding as we increase rail services.

By downloading the APCOA Connect App and following a set of simple instructions, key workers from nurses and carers, to transport workers and supermarket employees, can park for free at locations across the country, including at London Paddington and York, until 30 April.

How to access free parking:

At Edinburgh Waverley, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool and Reading, the car park barriers will automatically open and therefore there is no need to use the app.

For the remaining sites, key workers need to download the APCOA Connect App, and follow the steps below.

Getting set up:

  • Download the APCOA Connect app from your app store
  • Create an account or sign in to your existing account

Once you're parked:

  • Go into the app and select ‘Buy Parking’
  • Search for ‘car park name – NHS’ (i.e. Paddington – NHS) and select for free parking at this location
  • Select your vehicle by adding your vehicle registration mark (VRM)
  • Select your parking duration and select ‘pay’. You can extend your session at any time.
  • All tariffs are set to £0.00, but to ensure you do not get charged a 10p reminder fee, you must turn off all reminders in ‘Settings’ within the app.

Car parks with free key worker parking:

  • Birmingham Ellis Street, Birmingham, B1 1HN
  • Blackheath – Hurren Close, off Baizdon Rd, Blackheath SE3 9LE
  • Bristol Temple Meads – Temple Gate, Bristol, BS1 6QF
  • Chippenham Cocklebury Road – Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QH
  • Chislehurst – South East House, Chislehurst, BR7 5NN
  • Dartford Car Park – Victoria Road, Dartford, DA1 5AJ
  • Droitwich Spa – Off Union Lane, Droitwich, Worcs WR9 9BO
  • Edinburgh Waverely (app not required) – New Street MSCP, New Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BH
  • Guildford – Guildford Station, Farnham Road, Guildford, GU2 4RG
  • Guildford – Station View, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4UT
  • Letchworth – Station Road, Letchworth, SG6 3AN
  • Llandudno Station – Augusta Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AF
  • Liverpool Lime Street (app not required) – Station Car Park, Lord Nelson Street, L3 5QB
  • London Paddington – Bishops Bridge Road, London, W2 6AA
  • Manchester Piccadilly (app not required) – Boad/Sheffield Street, Manchester, M1 2RP
  • Manchester Victoria – Station Car Park, Long Mill Gate, Manchester, M3 1NX
  • Reading Station Underground Short Stay (app not required) – Vastern Road, Reading, RG1 8BT
  • Swindon North Star Street – North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1EP
  • Uckfield – High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1HS
  • Walsall Car Park – Station Street, Walsall, WS2 9JZ
  • Welwyn Garden City – Osborn Way, Welyn Garden City, AL8 6TU
  • Whitstable – Railway Avenue, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1LL
  • Wigan Wallgate – Wigan WN1 1BB
  • York Commuter – York Commuter Car Park, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ