City launches free 2-hour parking in downtown London

Starting Friday, the City of London is allowing 2-hour free parking on downtown streets in an effort to support businesses in the core.

The move aims to support businesses in the core

Starting Friday, free 2-hour parking is available downtown using the code B2B20 on the HonkMobile app. (Colin Butler/CBC News)

The City of London announced free two-hour parking on downtown streets starting Friday.

The move is an effort to support businesses in the core affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing construction.

Vehicles will be able to take advantage of two hours of free parking at all city on-street parking meters and municipal lots using the promo code B2B20 on the HonkMobile app.

"The local businesses in our core area need an environment that allows them to thrive, and the current pandemic has made things less than ideal for local business owners," said Mayor Ed Holder in a statement.

"Through this initiative, I hope to see Londoners taking advantage of the complimentary parking promotion to shop local in our community."

Signs are posted at pay park stations where the free parking is available.