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Sunday drivers face 140% price hike to park cars

Photo of the parking increase in Birmingham Credit: BPM media

Car parking charges are set to rise in Birmingham, raising an extra half a million pounds for the city council.

As part of the proposed increases, drivers face a 140 per cent price rise on Sundays.

In the central business district around Colmore Row, the current discounted Sunday rate of £2.50 for two hours parking is set to be scrapped.

Instead, motorists face paying £6 for parking from April 1.

£2.50
Current Sunday parking rate around Colmore Row
£6.00
Sunday parking rate around Colmore Row from the April 1

City Council plans have been detailed on A4 sheets stuck to parking meters around the city, stating proposed parking charges.

Sunday parking used to be free until November 2011. If the proposals go ahead, it will cost £6 for two hours on a Sunday, matching the weekday daytime rate.

During the week, evening parking after 6pm would also be more costly, rising to £2 for 30 minutes, and £3.50 for up to 90 minutes.

Daytime rates will remain as they are, with one hour and two hours pegged respectively at £3.50 and £6.

Kevin Hicks, assistant director of highways and infrastructure, said:

The proposed changes to parking charges will mean that the current Monday to Saturday tariffs on-street, and in most off-street car parks in the city centre, will now also apply on Sunday.

This both reflects the demand for parking on Sundays in the city and aligns with other major car park operators in the city centre in providing a single tariff structure for every day. Parking tariffs within the city centre are regularly reviewed as part of our wider transport strategy.

– Kevin Hicks
Photo of the parking increase in Birmingham Credit: BPM media

Coffee shop boss Anas Zein, who has just opened his second Damascena outlet on Temple Row West, said:

The cost of parking is already ridiculously high and this is the latest in a long line of things that will have increased.

We are not the same as the Bullring, and I just don’t see the point of charging £6 for two hours on a Sunday because there are always spaces.

– Coffee shop boss Anas Zein

The new charges are forecast to generate an extra £500,000 in the year ahead – but the target for the next three financial years is currently £1 million extra per year, meaning still higher charges could be in the pipeline.