Councillors are set to make a decision on parking charge proposals to help tackle congestion in Cambridge on Tuesday 14 November, at the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee meeting.

The proposals include changes to permit fees for residents parking and on-street parking in Cambridge, which were supported at a joint meeting between Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils last month, as well as the removal of the £1 parking charge across all Park&Ride sites which was proposed as part of the Council’s budget announcements.

The County Council is responsible for both residents’ parking scheme permit fees as well as on-street parking bays, neither of which have increased since 2011 and 2014 respectively.

It is proposed to make some increases to on-street parking fees to encourage people to use more sustainable methods of transport. The report also sets out that by increasing permit prices it will help generate income that is needed to cover the costs of providing resident parking schemes – which have steadily increased in recent years.

The Council has already outlined a strong commitment to reducing congestion into the city and to keep Cambridgeshire moving, supporting the aims of the Greater Cambridge Partnership. To help this it is proposed to remove the £1 parking fee across all Park&Ride sites for the benefit of residents and commuters and it is expected that partners will help fund half of the revenue income that the fee currently brings in.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said “These sorts of decisions are never taken lightly. It’s been a long time since we’ve reviewed parking fees and we have to look at ways to reduce the deficit that the service is currently running at.

“Although it was the right decision at its introduction, we see the potential removal of the £1 parking fee as a positive move to continue to make Park&Ride the first transport choice for people coming into the city, to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

“We realise that there will always be people that need to drive into the city for one reason or another and these proposals aren’t about punishing commuters and visitors but we’re passionate about continuing to strive to reduce congestion and improving air quality for everyone.”

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