Parking Transformed

A project from CPRE London, working with local campaigners and groups to challenge local authorities to place parking more centrally in their policy toolbox.
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Focus of work

Parking management is a crucial part of local authorities’ policy toolbox. It can make walking, cycling and public transport more attractive, and it can deliver a shift away from individual car ownership.” LGA Decarbonising transport: climate smart parking policies.

But local authority parking policies deal primarily with permits and enforcement and are not linked to Climate Action Plans, Air Quality Action Plans or Health Strategies, which should promote a shift to walking, cycling and public transport.

Parking policy is often not integrated with transport policy either. It is also unlikely to set stretching targets for re-allocation of parking space to support these other strategies.
Given parking policy is one of the key levers available to local authorities and is something which has huge potential to make a big impact, this needs to change.

Impact

CPRE London called on London boroughs to re-assess their parking policy, launching the first benchmark for local authorities – the Parking Policy Benchmark Assessment Tool (now named the Parking Action Tool).

The project has:

  • Raised significant awareness of parking policy as a means to promote sustainable transport – with over 35,000 impressions of the benchmark and assessment tool on X (formerly Twitter)

  • Contacted 75 campaigning groups across London, with about 50% responding with interest in collaborating to assess and challenge their borough on parking policy

  • Helped to complete assessments in Lewisham, Westminster, Harrow and Hackney. Campaigners used the benchmark in Hackney to challenge the council’s draft Parking Policy consultation

  • Engaged Transport for London (TfL) planners who shared the benchmark widely. It has also informed some of their planning guidance on parking.

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