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Joint council plan relaxes Cambridge parking controls

News release from 27/03/2020

CAMBRIDGE City Council has joined with Cambridgeshire County Council in a move to relax parking controls across the city that includes temporary suspension of resident parking zones to assist essential deliveries and collections.

The changes also provide free multi-storey parking to support key workers and volunteers in travelling to work to provide essential services as part of the response to the coronavirus outbreak. The changes ensure their parking flexibility to support the government’s Stay at Home advice.

The city council will make its multi-storey car parks available free of charge from Monday 30 March to key workers and volunteers. Council surface car parks will also be free for them and other users who are following the government’s Stay at Home advice where this has resulted in the current parking issues in residential areas.

The city council’s initiative is being coordinated with Cambridgeshire County Council’s decision to suspend parking enforcement across Cambridge during the crisis.

Cambridge City Council Leader, Cllr Lewis Herbert, said: “All Cambridge residents need to follow strictly the government Stay at Home advice for their and their family’s safety.

“They should also ensure that they and their whole families adhere to essential guidance on social distancing at all times, plus hygiene and hand washing advice.

“We are in unprecedented times and by making our car parks free for key workers including NHS staff we are helping them to keep the most critical services running.

“People who may be volunteering to help support vulnerable people, along with those working in health services and other public services, need all the support available to do their essential work and we will help them wherever we can.”

Cllr Herbert added: “People will also be using public transport during this time and I would reemphasise the critical advice issued by Public Health England and the NHS.

“I hope that by providing key workers with free car parking spaces we will make social distancing easier for people who have no choice but to travel to work.”

Free car parking for key workers will be in place for an initial period of one month and will then be reviewed to ensure it is providing the support required with the proposed intention of extending it to cover the critical virus pandemic period. 

All the parking changes will be monitored over the next month, and further changes may be made if needed to increase public safety.


The council’s website is being updated regularly to reflect changes to its services caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

It also has information about support for businesses and links to national advice and organisations providing support for residents, particularly for vulnerable people. The latest information is here:

The government has set out the detailed categories of key workers as part of wider advice on its website:

NHS guidance on coronavirus is available here: