As part of the drive to reduce urban traffic congestion, this paper considers the problems caused to local residents and traders in London by the informal park and ride practice known as 'railheading', and briefly reviews some of the possible solutions which could reduce the congestion effects of such on-street parking. Results from research carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (IRRD 860754) indicate that the railheader is not the major contributor to the high level of on-street parking; that these commuters parking at British Rail and Tube stations have driven less than 10 km on average; and that a large proportion of the long term parking commuters worked in the areas studied. Alternative solutions considered include the use of controlled parking zones, as at Barnet, pre-paid vouchers as at Bath, Richmond, Camden and Wandsworth; formalised park and ride systems are also a possible, but not very effective solution. The new powers given to local authorities in London under the Road Traffic Act 1991 complement the government's transport policy which aims to manage demand by restraining pressure on the road network, while enhancing the capacity of the existing road network. Park and ride operators should plan their schemes to encourage the use of public transport and consider their parking pricing policies with care. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 863556.


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  • Pagination: p. 90-5
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: PA3010/93

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  • Accession Number: 00662336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM