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City Council set to begin discussions about workplace parking levy

To date, Nottingham is the only UK city to have introduced a workplace parking levy.

Discussions about the introduction of a workplace parking levy are set to get underway in Leicester.

Leicester City Council is set to consult on a scheme that would charge organisations providing parking spaces for employees.

It would exist as a means of funding local transport improvements while helping to cut congestion and traffic pollution.

To date, Nottingham is the only UK city to have introduced a workplace parking levy. It has been in operation since 2012 and has brought in over £60 million, which the council has invested in public transport including tram, bus and railway station improvements.

Other local authorities – including Birmingham – are also actively investigating the possible introduction of a similar scheme.

Leicester City Council is also developing a new Local Transport Plan, which sets out the future transport vision for the city and how this could be funded, including potentially through a workplace parking levy.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “Like many cities, Leicester faces real challenges to improve air quality, cut congestion and encourage more people to make the shift to sustainable, clean transport options."

It is essential that we continue to invest in transport improvements that encourage more people to walk, cycle and take the bus.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done before we can consult on our case for a workplace parking levy, including developing a new local transport plan that reflects the opportunities that this new funding would allow us to explore.

“While that work is ongoing, we will be approaching businesses and other relevant organisations and aiming to start a discussion around the city’s transport challenges and how we can fund future improvements. We’re at a very early stage of a lengthy process.”

– Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke
Leicester City Council is also developing a new Local Transport Plan. Credit: PA

City Mayor Peter Soulsby added: “While we have been extremely successful in attracting major funding from Government and other sources, a workplace parking levy would provide a reliable and ongoing source of locally-controlled funding to help us commit to ambitious, long-term transport improvements."

These could for example include the electrification of the city’s bus fleet, a more comprehensive network of bus and cycle routes across the city, improvements to major transport hubs like the railway station and more work to reduce traffic pollution in the city.

“No decisions have been made yet, but we do want to consult on the idea of the workplace parking levy as a means of a funding future transport improvements.”

– City Mayor Peter Soulsby

It's likely that a formal consultation on the possible workplace parking levy will take place in early 2021.

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