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Manchester’s car park revolution

Starting 1 January 2021, the City Council will take direct control of some 13 parking lots around the city centre in order to improve their capabilities and services

  • E, 26. okt. 2020, 17:30:00 +0200
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Come January 2021, mobility in Manchester will take an entirely new shape as the City Council is set to take full control of some 13 car parks in the centre. By seizing their operations local authorities want to improve their capacity, capabilities and services so that they can better answer the needs of all citizens.

Moving in for the benefit of locals

The Manchester City Council foresees to main changes to the 13 car parks. On the one hand, local authorities want to make them smarter by implementing a “pay on arrival” scheme, through which customers can pay in advance via the Paybyphone App or through a card at a machine. It is worth noting that already existing subscriptions purchased by locals will not be impacted in any way as local authorities want the transition to happen as smoothly as possible.

Other improvements planned by the government is the provision of other types of services at the car parks. For example, they can be integrated with the city’s bike-sharing scheme and offer opportunities for bicycle and motorbike storage or they can have electric charging points installed for electric vehicles. These steps would allow the car parks to be entirely in sync with the City Council’s environmental and transport strategies and will contribute to achieving the government’s objectives.

Executive Member for the Environment, Planning and Transport, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, stated that “This is a big opportunity for us to look afresh at our city centre car parks and gives us the flexibility we need to ensure that they serve the public better in the future. 

Manchester is changing and has set an ambitious target of becoming zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest. We will be working to ensure that sufficient parking space is available to meet the needs of those who live, work or visit the city, while also taking full account of the bold proposals set out in the new City Centre Transport Strategy and the city’s zero-carbon goal.”

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