Manchester City Council is consulting on proposed changes to city centre on-street parking.
The proposed changes, the first since June 2011, are designed to reduce congestion and balance out demand for parking across the city centre by maintaining the turnover of the best-used spaces while making less-used spaces more attractive.
It is proposed to increase the number of zones from the current two to four. Those areas with lower demand, zones three and four, would see a price reduction with the hour tariff in zone three reducing from £1.35 per hour to £1.25 per hour and zone four reducing from £1.35 to £1. In addition, in zone four motorists will have the option to park all day (up to a maximum stay of 10 hours) Monday to Friday with a weekend option to enable vehicles to be parked all day Saturday and Sunday for a total cost of just £10 for the whole weekend, which should be attractive to residents and visitors alike.
The areas of highest demand, zones one and two, will continue to have a two-hour maximum stay and prices would be slightly increased from £2.70 per hour to £3 for zone one and £2.70 to £2.90 for zone two.
The overall average price of parking in a bay, taking into account the whole city centre parking zone, is broadly the same – increasing by less than one per cent.
The changes will also allow for more flexibility in the residents’ parking scheme. Residents will also be given the option to purchase permits quarterly, six-monthly or annually.
Analysis of the impact of the last set of changes to on-street parking – introduced in June 2011 – shows that the number of people paying for parking increased by more than a quarter, while improving the availability of on-street parking spaces and reducing the congestion associated with people driving round looking for a vacant spot.
City centre councillor Kevin Peel said:
“I welcome improvements to the residents’ parking scheme that are being proposed in this consultation. I have been working to deliver an even better scheme for residents since the introduction of phase 1 of the new scheme in 2011.”
For more information, including a map of the proposed zones, people should visit www.manchester.gov.uk/parking
The consultation closes on 25 April, 2013. If adopted, the proposed changes would come into force in June.