PARKING IN TOWN CENTRES - THE KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY

This article notes that most policy makers, decision makers, and transport planners in the UK are becoming aware that there is no guarantee that the current demand for car use and car parking can be met. Consultation has closed on the Department of the Environment's (DoE's) new PPG 6 report "Town Centres and Retail Development", which aims to encourage an appropriate balance between parking availability and the needs of urban centres. All these documents acknowledge that positive steps are needed to restrain car use. For politicians and professionals requiring to make actual strategic decisions on parking provision and management, PPG 6 addresses crucial issues. As decision makers, they wish to discourage car use, but face several dilemmas. The article describes how the London Borough of Merton is following a process, broadly within this framework, to address the parking problems of Wimbledon Town Centre. It discusses: (1) the specific context of Wimbledon; (2) the need for on-street parking space; (3) the effects of Merton's scheme for combined off-street and on-street parking provision in Wimbledon; (4) remaining problems; and (5) some complementary measures. Some successful results are outlined.

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • NICHOLSON, J
  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 16-8
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM