Sunday, 27 April 2014

Shoppers and leisure users in St Albans benefit from frozen car park charges

Source - news release from St Albans Council on 25 April 2014

Charges are frozen or reduced for stays of up to three hours from Monday to Saturday at certain St Albans car parks, benefitting shoppers and leisure users.  

On 1 April, St Albans City and District Council introduced a new parking strategy designed to make the most of available capacity at its car parks.  Pricing now varies between its car parks to encourage the use of particular locations by leisure users, workers or shoppers. Tariffs were changed following negotiations with NCP which manages many District Council-owned car parks. 

Benefitting shoppers and leisure users, charges are frozen or reduced for stays of up to three hours, Monday to Saturday, at these NCP-managed, District Council car parks:

• Drovers Way,
• Russell Avenue,
• Bowers Way East,
• Bowers Way West,
• London Road,
• Amenbury Lane, and
• Adelaide Street.

Previously, shoppers and leisure users parking at these locations for three hours on Monday to Saturdays paid £3.60 as they had to use the 2-5 hour tariff band. Now they can use the new 2-3 hour tariff band and pay £3. This gives shoppers and leisure users more flexibility.

Anyone wanting to park for longer than six hours can now use our cheaper, long-stay car parks at:
• Bricket Road North
• Keyfield Terrace
• Gombards
• Townsend Avenue.

Leisure users and shoppers are also able to use the Council-run Westminster Lodge car park free of charge for up to two hours on Monday to Sunday. Parking on Sundays at all NCP-managed, Council-owned car parks and at the Council-run Civic Centre car park will now cost £1 all day. This flat rate compares favourably with Sunday parking costs in surrounding Districts.

At a meeting on Thursday 24 April, Cabinet received a report setting out the key principles behind the new parking strategy. New signage will be introduced to help people find car parks that are most suitable for their needs. We are in discussion with NCP to provide access to a pay by phone service at all Council-owned car parks.

The meeting on 24 April was webcast and can be watched on the Council’s website. The full report on the parking strategy is available in the papers for the meeting at:

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