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What are the plans for workplace parking charging in the UK?

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Multiple UK cities and towns are considering workplace parking levies (WPL) as a way of tackling air quality and emissions targets and raising money to invest in sustainable transport projects.

Leicester, Reading, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge, Bristol and Hounslow and Camden in London have all confirmed that a WPL is under consideration.

It will put further focus on fleets to consider alternative mobility options for employees in city centre office locations, alongside their future planning on how to mitigate the impact of other measures like clean air zones (CAZs) and congestion charges.

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Bristol council says a WPL remains under consideration to form part of its “mass transit system”.

Cambridge is looking at a WPL and the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will make its proposals to the city council before the end of 2019.

Edinburgh Council said its City Centre Transformation Plan, City Mobility Plan and the recent council commitment to set a Carbon Neutral Target of 2030 give a clear policy context for consideration of a WPL in the Scottish capital.

Glasgow Council said that, while it is not yet undertaking consultation on a WPL, it is supportive of introducing one. 

WPL under consideration.                                         

Leicester City Council is expected to launch a formal consultation on introducing a WPL in 2021.

It has declared a climate emergency and has said that "tackling carbon emissions from transport is a vital part of our response". with transport accounting for 25% of the city's carbon emissions in 2017.

More on Leicester's plans

Hounslow is working on WPL plans.

It is currently consulting on introducing a levy and believes around 4,200 workplace parking spaces would be affected.

No decisions have been made on the cost per space, but Hounslow has said it is looking at between £500 and £1,000 per space per year.

Final consultation on Hounslow’s WPL will likely happen in 2020.

Camden is working on WPL plans.

To-date (October 2019) Nottingham is the only UK city to have introduced a WPL.

It's been in operation since 2012 and has raised more than £64 million, which the council has invested in public transport including tram, bus and railway station improvements.

The charge is £415 per parking space per year.

Reading launched a major future transport consultation on July 29, 2019 and is looking at a WPL, in addition to a congestion charge and a CAZ.

A consultation will be launched in spring 2020.

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