2019 will now be known as the year our free ride finally ends. And it’s not just one thing either, our Newy free ride is coming to an end in one fell swoop. But what I want to know is… why? I thought the city council and all of our city revitalisation plans were for making our city into a more loveable, more enjoyable, happier, and more accessible place to be. Well kids soz bout it, you’re out of luck.
What am I talking about you say? Let’s start with parking shall we. Parking has always been an issue in town, and something that really gets the townsfolk talking. It was really the theme of 2018 right? With the whole Supercar shebang parking in the city was few and far between. Actually parking and trying to find a park was akin to the Hunger Games. Especially with the new city campus all of these hundreds (if not 1000s) of students trying to share and fight for one park. I thought for a red hot minute there, that maybe they would just all park on top of each other and create some sort of
Maybe it was because that the one saving grace we had, was the 15 minutes free parking.
EDIT – From 1 January
Speaking of free things, some of us combatted the parking fiasco that was the inner city with the free bus service. What a treat to have free buses in the CBD? Being able to perhaps park at the designated parking station (far far away) but still be able to navigate our once vibrant city. But not anymore kids, not anymore! All buses (in the fare free zone or not) you will now have to pay. What a time to be alive! Our once liveable city is becoming not only unliveable but bloody expensive.
So what’s next? What’s the next thing to fall in the long (long) line of things we love about Newcastle. Or maybe the real question is, how much will we have to pay for them?