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Parking move for festive shoppers
Princes Street
The council wants to encourage increased trade on Princes Street
Christmas shoppers are set to be given an extra hour of free parking in the centre of Edinburgh in a bid to boost trade in the city.

Restrictions are to be lifted on weekdays and Saturday from 1730 GMT, one hour earlier than at present.

The move will cover streets from Queen Street to the High Street and from Charlotte Square to Leith Street from 4 December until the end of the year.

It is hoped retailers will stay open longer as a result of the move.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Edinburgh's transport leader, said: "This extra hour of free parking will make it easier for people shopping after work or those who want to top off their day with a leisurely meal, see a show or watch the Winter Festival.

"There are so many unique and wonderful shops to explore in Edinburgh."

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