NURSES, doctors, dentists and other voluntary and community organisation key workers will continue to have free parking in Cambridge City Council’s multi-storey car parks.
The free parking, which has been in place since March as the lockdown came into force, has been extended until August under a temporary public sector key worker permit system that was approved this week.
City centre workers who are not public sector key workers will be able to apply for a heavily discounted monthly city centre worker permit.
Due to its central location and the potential increase in congestion that discounted parking may cause, the permits do not apply to the Grand Arcade car park.
In March, the council started providing free multi-storey parking to support all key workers.
As lockdown measures are now being gradually eased, the government is encouraging people to use public transport only when essential.
With more people expected to use their cars to get to work, demand on car parks is expected to increase which means the council needs to prioritise space for public sector key workers and city centre workers.
Cllr Nicky Massey, Executive Councillor for Transport and Community Safety, said: “By introducing these new permits we want to help key workers get to work safely, support city centre workers and the reopening of city centre business.
“We also need to abide by the government guidance and manage an expected increase in demand for parking spaces.
“Naturally, we want to encourage people to walk and cycle to work but we know that is simply not possible for everyone.
“Given the government guidance on the use of public transport we must prepare for demand on our car parks and prepare to put public sector key workers and city centre workers first.
“These people are carrying out essential work that makes a huge difference to people’s lives and the city economy so it is right that we do all we can to support them.
“I would remind all residents and workers to follow government and public health guidelines on social distancing, hygiene and also wearing face coverings if you cannot safely physically distance yourself, for example inside of a closed area such as a shop, to help make sure we are all staying safe in Cambridge."
Public sector key worker permits will be available to some community and voluntary sector workers.
The city centre worker permit will cost £210 per month, which is the equivalent of a £10.50 per day charge for a five day working week over four weeks. It will apply 24/7 to allow for shift and weekend working.
Applications for all permits should be made by completing the application form found at: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/key-worker-and-city-centre-worker-permits
The discounted rate will be reviewed at the end of August. The current daily parking charges will apply to all other car park users.