Sunday, 9 February 2014

Cambridge Park And Rides States To Begin Charging Extra ... For Parking

The Minority Conservative Administration in charge of Cambridgeshire County Council is moving ahead with it's money-raising plan to begin charging people who park and the various Park & Ride sites in Cambridge.

In order to implement these changes the County Council is required to advertise them in the press - this has now happened (see below).

If you have a view please contact the address at the end of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) below, I'll be contacting them and making the following representations on behalf of Bar Hill residents;

  • This charge will increase congestion and create new on-street parking issues as workers act to avoid paying this new charge
  • The 12-hour limit before the huge (1000%) jump in the price makes no logical sense and practically guarantees appeals from people who just managed to cross the deadline as well as penalising people who work long hours - for example who are commuting to a job in London - will be very prone to public transport delays
  • The weekly cost is the same as the daily cost - thus increasing the administrative overhead as there is no incentive for people to purchase weekly tickets - surely the weekly cost should be cheaper?
  • The consultation is too short and will have prevented Parish Councils meeting and forming a view on behalf of their residents
  • I do not believe the effect of people using Trumpington Park & Ride to access Addenbrookes (for work, visiting relatives, etc) has been considered. In addition there does not seem to have been an assessment done for displacing parking in adjacent streets

There is a very short deadline - the 14th - hence it's impossible for the Parish Council to meet to discuss this so I'll be putting forward an individual representation rather than something on behalf of the Parish Council.

Here is the actual TRO;

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE (OFF-STREET PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2014

Notice is hereby given that Cambridgeshire County Council in exercise of its powers under Section 35C of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) and of all other enabling powers, intends to introduce car park charges during May 2014 as follows:

ALL PARK AND RIDE SITES
All Days/All hours – Park & Ride Parking Places
Up to 1 hour - free, between 1 hour and 12 hours - £1, between 12 hours and 24 hours - £10, between 24 hours and 48 hours - £20, between 48 hours and 72 hours - £30

Season Tickets for between 1 hour and 12 hour Parking Only

Weekly - £5, Four Weekly £18, Annual £230

MADINGLEY ROAD/BUTT LANE/HAUXTON ROAD AND BABRAHAM ROAD PARK AND RIDE SITES
All days/All hours – Coach Parking Places
Up to 72 hours - £10 per visit

Any representations regarding these proposals must be in writing or by e-mail to policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to reach us by not later than 14 February 2014 quoting reference PR0074.

If you wish to make any comments on these proposals we would appreciate them in writing, no later than Friday 14th February 2014