PEOPLE in Worcester are being reminded that cheaper car parking prices came into force today.

The city council's special three-month offer - which is expected to be made permanent in the autumn - includes a flat rate of £1 after 7pm and 40p for half-an-hour at selected sites.

It also includes four hours for £5 at Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street compared to the old price of £6, and six hours for £7.50 at the same sites compared to £10 before yesterday.

Coach parking at Croft Road car park, by the city's riverside, has been halved from £10 to £5.

Among the other reductions is £3 for cars to park for six hours at Croft Road, compared to £5 before.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy leader and cabinet member for economic prosperity, said: "This is good news for Worcester and is a key element in our drive to ensure our city enjoys a healthy retail and tourism economy.

"It should also reduce the congestion in side streets, as people find it more appealing to use our car parks again."