Parking in Guildford made easier
Residents, those working in the town, and visitors will benefit from improvements to Guildford's car parks and the Council's commitment to reduce town centre congestion following a decision by the Executive last night (Tuesday 22 January).
• increasing multi-payment (notes, cards, coins) options, including more contactless pay-on-foot machines in town centre car parks, starting with Bedford Road
• installing four electric car charging points (two at Millbrook car park and two at G Live car park)
• proposals to redevelop Guildford Park car park, including a new multi-storey and additional electric car charging points are progressing, with construction planned to start by summer 2019
• current charges will remain for all car parks Monday to Saturday, except York Road, which will align with other town centre car park rates, and North Street, which will mirror on-street 30 minute parking charges
• on Sundays all car park charges will be standardised to £1.50 for up to 3 hours and £2.50 for 3 to 6 hours.
Deputy Leader and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, Cllr Matt Furniss says: "The changes and improvements are part of our aim to balance the parking needs of residents, businesses, visitors and shoppers, together with other key objectives, such as environmental and transport needs. Our Sustainable Parking Strategy for Guildford, part of our Corporate Plan, encourages motorists to 'drive to, not through' the town by using the popular park-and-rides schemes and long-stay car parks, while the bespoke Guildford Parking GEOMII phone app enables users to find the nearest parking space availability in real-time. We have seen a definite increase in car park use as more people visit and stay longer in Guildford."
He explains: "Our car parks play an important part in supporting our town centre and local economy. All of our car parks hold the Police and British Parking Association's Safer Parking award for public parking, demonstrating the high-quality service we provide for residents, visitors and businesses. The alignment of parking charges will ensure parity across the town while remaining competitive. Our parking fees are good value when compared to other large shopping centres in the area, for example Woking is around £1.40 per hour against Guildford's £1.30 average."
He adds: "We are committed to investing in and developing services while incorporating the latest technology such as the parking app, the Green Scheme which allows electric car owners to enjoy discounted parking in our car parks, and pay-by-phone facility through our partners Ringo, which has seen a 25% increase in use over the past year."
Published on Wednesday 23 January.