Parking charges and enforcement to resume on Tuesday, 26 May
As the amount of traffic on our roads has started to increase, with restrictions to some non essential travel, the council encourages everybody to park considerately and walk or cycle where possible.
Parking charges and some enforcement activity was suspended from 25 March due in part to a reduced ability to operate normal services to support those both working in the emergency response and impacted by COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions.
In this time we have also introduced free key worker and approved volunteer permits which are valid until the end of June. Payment plans and a new temporary COVID-19 permit are now also available to support those that have ongoing difficulties as a result of the pandemic. With this in place, we will now be resuming normal parking enforcement services from Tuesday, 26 May.
Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council, said:
“As the lockdown restrictions are lifted, and people begin to travel more, it is essential that the council properly manages the different needs of road users, keeps traffic moving and the roads safe for all. To this end, as our local businesses begin to reopen, and as the roads get busier, we will be reintroducing parking charges on-street and in our off-street car parks.
“This will apply from Tuesday, 26 May and we ask everyone to park considerately and follow signage as usual. We continue to encourage residents to remain mindful and cautious about travel by only making essential journeys. When you do travel, please walk or cycle where possible in order to keep the roads clear for those who need to drive.
“We have invested heavily in our Go Cycle network to help provide a network of safe routes for cyclists across the borough and improvements for pedestrians. We will be putting in a range of temporary measures to help people socially distance while cycling and walking, as part of the ‘Streetspace for London’ campaign. Fewer cars on the road means reduced pollution and improved air quality for our borough, while evidence shows walking or cycling can improve health and wellbeing.”
To help ensure Kingston remains an accessible place to live, work and visit and to support town centre businesses and workers we will be offering a 50% discount on parking tariffs in Bittoms, CattleMarket and The Rose car parks. Tariffs have also been reduced to assist people that need to come back to work or use services in the town centre and have to use their cars whilst restrictions on public transport remain in place. Parking in our town centre multi storey car parks will currently remain free until 28 May 2020.