FURTHER changes have been made to parking in Darlington town centre as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

Councillor Andy Keir wrote to businesses in the town’s imperial quarter to inform them of changes being made from yesterday to parking and barriers in the area.

Cllr Keir said: “Circumstances are changing very quickly and we are carefully monitoring areas, guidance and patterns to see how people and businesses are responding to the release from lockdown, which also means things can change and we have changed to reflect circumstances from the measures that were originally implemented.”

In Grange Road, parallel parking is being restored on one side of the road, while in Northumberland Street the temporary disabled spaces are being removed and returned to parking spaces.

The current arrangements for Blackwellgate, Houndgate and Coniscliffe Road will remain at present, though some of the barrier positions will be reviewed.

Restrictions are going to be introduced in Duke Street in phases, taking into account the return of Darlington College, which will result in a significant increase in pedestrians.

A temporary one-way system is not being implemented yet, but a 20mph speed restiction has been introduced.