Sunday and evening parking charges come in

August 31 2018

SUNDAY and evening parking charges will be introduced in central Bristol from this month.

The new tariff changes, from September 3, will apply across all pay and display machines in the controlled parking zone area, which covers the city centre and main shopping streets.

Bristol City Council says the charges will "establish consistency" in on-street parking arrangements and will help manage increasing demand for the limited parking available by encouraging a turnover of bays.

Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, cabinet member for Transport and Connectivity, said: "In a vibrant, busy city like Bristol, how we manage parking supply and demand in our central areas is critical to keeping everyone moving, whilst also helping to tackle congestion and improve air quality. 

"With more people living and working in the city centre and changes to the design and layout of our highway network, we need to review our parking tariffs to ensure they help balance demand. The new charges were recommended as part of our review to encourage a greater turnover of parking bays, which will support the local economy by accommodating more spaces for visitors.

"Currently, 86 per cent of public parking in the city centre on Sundays is charged with people choosing to pay to park in NCP, Cabot, Galleries and in the council car parks. Only 14 per cent of overall parking bays available are free on a Sunday and these are subject to the new charges.

"Like other major cities, we have a seven-day economy in Bristol so we need to manage parking consistently across the week, applying the same principles. A simpler charging structure is easier for the public to understand and also helps the council’s parking services team to manage its operations more efficiently."

Cllr Threfell added that she hoped visitors who want to spend longer in the city centre will consider other modes of transport like park and ride services and the new Metrobus m3 as well as buses and trains.

The changes follow a parking tariff review in 2016.