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Car park prices consultation

Consultation runs from midday 30 November 2018 to midday 21 December 2018 

Introduction and background

The council is currently consulting local businesses, employers, residents, car park users and other interested parties on proposals for its off-street parking policy for 2019 - 2020.

The proposals aim to reduce congestion, improve air quality and maintain value for money for customers while encouraging drivers to use Park and Ride, guided bus, train, car clubs and cycling facilities, rather than city centre multi-storey car parks.

We continue to look for effective ways to manage congestion, and so this year’s proposal is the introduction of:

  • an additional charge for vehicles parking between the times of 11am and 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays
  • an increase at pay and display car parks, formally adopting the weekday peak time congestion tariff that was introduced as a trial in April 2018. This will start evening tariffs at 7pm rather than 6pm.
  • increased charges for season ticket parking for business users in line with the retail price index (RPI)

We hope this will help to encourage the use of vehicles in the less busy periods of the day, and ideally help people transfer to alternative methods of accessing the city that cause less congestion and pollution.

Consultation information

You can see the prices we propose to introduce for 2019/20 in the following document:

Please tell us what you think about these proposals by Friday 21 December – send your thoughts to the details below.


If you have any comments on or questions about this consultation, contact our Parking team at or 01223 457337.

Post any correspondence to our Parking team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

The Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport will consider any objections to these proposals and if necessary, recommend further amendments.

If the proposals are approved, parking prices will change on 1 April 2019.

Following the consultation, and before they are implemented, the new parking charges will be advertised in the local press and on notices in the car parks during March 2019.

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