Range of options

Range of options

Parking schemes can vary from tackling problems on a particular street to an area wide approach covering large residential areas or even whole towns

Parking schemes can vary from tackling problems on a particular street to an area wide approach covering large residential areas or even whole towns. Introducing parking restrictions in one area can simply move them into another so it is important to consider any possible side effects. In some areas a staged approach has been used where residents’ parking schemes expand - once there is a scheme nearby residents’ start to want their own scheme so they can be sure of a space outside their front door.

Similarly changing parking availability and pricing in your local town may affect its competitiveness to other towns in your area. Rather than risking a ‘race to the bottom’ to compete for shoppers it’s a good a idea to secure a consensus on the advantages of co-operation between neighbouring towns on parking policy.

Schemes to improve access by car to public transport can range from a single stop or station to a corridor or whole route approach. Travel plans are very relevant as, by improving and promoting alternatives, they can free up parking spaces.

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