Cost of parking in Christchurch CBD slashed

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 12:05 02/05/2014
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PRICES SLASHED: A map outlines the new areas of $2 short-term meter parking around central Christchurch.
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$2 PARKING: The city council has reduced the cost of parking to $2 an hour in a bid to bring more people to the CBD.

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The cost of parking in parts of the central city is being cut from today in a bid to ease congestion in other areas.

Short-term meter parking will be $2 per hour along sections of several inner-city streets including Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford instead of $3.10.

The new charges cover both one and two-hour parking zones.

Christchurch City Council transport and greenspace unit manager John Mackie hoped the move would encourage drivers to areas with typically low occupancy rates, as well as reduce congestion in other areas caused by drivers looking for a park.

"We know how frustrating it can be to find a short-term car park in the central city. We hope these price decreases will encourage drivers who might be coming into the CBD for a brief period to park in these areas.''

He said attracting drivers to these areas would help minimise congestion at other key traffic routes in the west of the city.

The council's parking operations team has been collecting occupancy data in all on-street car parks within the four avenues since January.

Mackie said staff monitored the supply and demand of both on and off-street car parks and fees were adjusted accordingly as circumstances changed. The council is also working with the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) on a long-term citywide parking plan.

Future price changes to both on and off-street car parking can be found at ccc.govt.nz/parking

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