SHOPPERS have reacted with fury after car park bosses announced an increase in prices at the Grand Arcade.
APCOA, who control the multi-storey platforms on Millgate and Crompton Street have upped the cost.
Drivers must now pay a minimum of £3.10 which will be for up to two hours – an increase of 30p.
The cost then goes up to £4 for three hours, £5 for four hours, £11 for six hours and £12 for up to 24 hours between Monday and Saturday
A flat cost of £2.50 applies on Sundays with lost tokens costing £12.50.
The previous tariff was £2.80 for up to two hours, £4.80 for up to four hours, £10.50 for up to six hours and 311.50 for up to 24 hours.
A number of shoppers have vented their fury on the Evening Post’s Facebook page.
Sian Jones said: “It’s ridiculous. So expensive for a car park, It’s much easier to hop on a train to Manchester for £4.40 return and the shops are much better.”
Doreen West said: “I park at Galleries. Refuse to pay such high prices. That or take the bus.”
APCOA manage the car parks on behalf of the Grand Arcade and therefore set the prices.
They were forced to perform a u-turn 15 months ago when they changed the prices with a minimum rate of £4.80 in operation.
“It’s shocking,” said Julie Large. “Any wonder people don’t want to shop in our town centre.”
Jodie Melling said: “It was ridiculous as it was!
“The Trafford centre is only a 30 minute drive away from where I live I might as well just go up the motorway and go there and park for free.”
Amelia Taylor asked: “How is this meant to encourage people to stay and shop?”
A Grand Arcade spokesman said: “The owners and management at Grand Arcade, Wigan, have been notified of changes to the tariffs at the Centre’s car park. This car park is operated and always has been by APCOA Parking (UK) Limited.”
Nick Gregory, Senior Retail Asset Manager at Redefine International PLC said: “Redefine is disappointed with APCOA’s actions and would like to reiterate that it has the customers’ and retailers best interests at heart.”
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