Cambridge tackles congestion and air quality

Cambridge City Council is seeking to reduce congestion, improve air quality and produce lower carbon emissions by changing the cost of parking in the council’s car parks.

Whilst Cambridgeshire County Council plans to end charging for cars at Park and Ride sites, the city council is proposing a charging change to incentivise drivers not to enter central Cambridge car parks between 8am and 10am.

The council is also consulting on proposals for its off-street parking policy, including frozen prices at a number of pay and display car parks, the return of a single tariff across the working week, the introduction of a ‘Peak Time Congestion Trial’ for a period of 12 months and an evening tariffs for parking starting at 6pm.

Kevin Blencowe, executive councillor for Planning and Transport, said: “We believe these proposals will offer a fair pricing structure, while helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the city. We have shown from our recent investment and refurbishment programme that we are committed to providing customers with an excellent service at our car parks, but we have to balance this with longer term considerations for tackling congestion and air quality as Cambridge grows.”