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Oxford funds Workplace Parking Levy investigation study

Date: 25 November 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Oxfordshire County Council is set to fund a study to investigate whether it could introduce a Workplace Parking Levy.how a workplace parking levy could be funded.

According to the council, if nothing is done to reduce congestion within the city, car journey times from surrounding towns could increase by 15% by 2031, at a cost of £150m a year to the local economy.

 Before a WPL can be implemented, employers and employees within the city would need to be consulted, and it would need to gain approval from the secretary of state for transport.

The study will also investigate whether a congestion charging scheme, similar to that of one in London, is appropriate and how it could work in conjunction with, or independently of a WPL.

So far, only Nottingham City Council has rolled out a WPL, in 2012, despite interest from other cities, including Birmingham and Cambridge.

In Nottingham, businesses with 11 or more parking spaces are charged £375 per space each year, and the revenue raised from the scheme has been used to fund an extension of the city's tram network.

Oxford's WPL was first mooted in July 2015, as part of the council's Local Transport Plan for up to 2030, a £1.2bn worth of infrastructure upgradesplan to improve transport within the city.

The study will also investigate whether a congestion charging scheme, similar to that of one in London, is appropriate and how it could work in conjunction with, or independently of a WPL.

"Opportunities to generate revenue to develop Oxford's transport system are being considered because a substantial, predictable and locally controlled source of transport funding is needed. We also need to be able to manage peak-time congestion if we are to develop and deliver the transport system the city needs to thrive," said Ian Hudspeth, Hudsepth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council.

Previously, a spokesman for the council told BusinessCar that a WPL could be considered and rolled out by 2019 at the earliest.



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