The Mayor of London and TfL are to increase parking times at 600 bays on TfL red routes across the capital to encourage more people to shop on London’s high streets and boost the local economy.
‘Stop & Shop’, one of the Mayor’s manifesto pledges, will provide greater flexibility for motorists to park and shop, pay a bill or run an errand.
Sue Terpilowski, London Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), says we welcome the announcement from the Mayor and Transport for London for red routes in the capital to permit 30 minutes of free parking:
“The FSB has long argued that parking charges and availability inhibit local spend and 64 percent of our members say it has a negative impact on their business.
“This sensible measure will enable more customers to shop locally and enable small businesses to compete with ‘free to park’ out of town shopping centres.
“We urge Councils in London to think about how their parking decisions impact on the local economy, thus, creating parking policies, strategies and an evidence base which is appropriate in the current economic climate.’
The work to replace the signs at affected bays has been completed. Motorists are reminded to always check the signs at the parking bay that details the parking restrictions.