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Bristol City Council 'in favour' of workplace parking levy

Date: 23 February 2011

Bristol is likely to follow in the footsteps of Nottingham by introducing a workplace parking levy within a "couple of years".

Gary Hopkins, executive member, strategic transport at Bristol City Council said a WPL is referenced in the latest city transport plan: "We're in favour of a WPL. It will take a couple of years to bring in." He added that surveying work is currently being carried out to check numbers of parking spaces.

Hopkins anticipates charging £1 a space per day for city-centre workplace parking, which would generate £3-4 million a year. The money "could be for a bus or ultra-light rail scheme".

"Pool cars would be exempt. And we are also going quite big on car-club facilities and encouraging businesses to come in with us on that," he added.

"The amount raised would be enough to pay for a major transport scheme. Bristol business is booming and congestion is the big problem. We're confident.businesses will be in favour when we've gone through the details with them," said Hopkins.

He added that the cash would mean more efficient public transport and reduce the cost of the services.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's transport committee is keeping a close eye on Nottingham's WPL, due to be introduced in April 2012, with a view to introducing its own.

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