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City parking costs to change

By Ben Comber

Parking problems on Marshall Road in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Parking problems on Marshall Road in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

New costs aim to boost car park income by £300,000

Aims of the changes:

To discourage long-stay parking in car parks

To maintain affordable, value for money costs for short-stay parking

Discounting the cost of parking at off-peak times, such as evenings, overnight and low peak days such as Monday and Tuesdays

To maintain differential pricing on Saturday and Sunday and the other days of the week

To maintain differential pricing between Grand Arcade and other car parks to reduce queuing

To bring Sunday pricing in line with Saturday pricing given the very busy nature of the city on Sundays

The city council are considering changes to parking charges from next year.

The changes include increased prices during peak times, and decreased prices on Mondays and Tuesdays in multistorey car parks.

A consultation has begun today and will continue until November 1.

For example, one hour at the Grafton Centre during peak times would cost £2.00 on Mondays and Tuesdays, £2.30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and £2.60 on Saturdays and Sundays.

The full list of proposed prices can be found on the council website.

Cambridge City Council’s car parks cost £7.7m to operate, if shopper’s habits do not change, next year’s increase in car parking charges may generate around £300K additional income.

The final recommendation will go to Environment Scrutiny Committee on 17 January 2017 before the new prices come into force on 1 April 2017.


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