Transport for London is consulting on Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s pledge to increase parking time by 50 per cent from 20 to 30 minutes at 600 ‘Stop & Shop’ parking bays across Capital.
It is hoped the changes, which are in line with the recommendations of Mayor Boris Johnson’s Roads Task Force, will help revitalise high streets, and provide a boost for small businesses across the Capital.
The plans, which are a Mayoral manifesto commitment, would affect around 600 parking bays on TfL’s red route network across London.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Parking is a big concern for businesses and retailers in London.
“By extending the length of time that drivers can park at more than 600 locations, we can make it easier for Londoners to shop locally and, crucially, boost trade in our high streets and the economy in the process.”
Sue Terpilowski, London Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We welcome plans by Transport for London for red routes in the Capital to permit 30 minutes of free parking.
‘The Federation of Small Businesses have long argued that parking charges and availability inhibit local spend and 64 per cent of our members say it has a negative impact on their business.
‘This sensible measure will enable more customers to shop locally and enable small businesses to compete with ‘free to park’ out of town shopping centres.”
“We urge councils in London to think about how their parking decisions impact on the local economy, thus, creating parking policies, strategies and an evidence base which is appropriate in the current economic climate.”