Brighton and Hove firms asked to help out in park and ride scheme

A council is asking businesses to free up their car parks for a park-and-ride scheme.

Brighton and Hove City Council believes that there are a number of large privately owned car parks on the periphery of the city which could be used to reduce congestion.

A spokesperson for the council said work is under way with landowners, businesses and city centre retailers and bus operators to facilitate and promote park and ride schemes across the city.

A council spokesperson said: “The proposal for business-led informal Park and Ride is included in the City Plan, which has yet to be finalised. Councillors will consider the City Plan at the council meeting on January 31.

“In the process of drawing up the policy, the council has started to look at possible locations where sufficient parking may be available and public transport provision is good, and has consulted with business and transport operators on the policies within the City Plan.”

Gavin Stewart, chair of the Brighton Business Improvement District, said Park and Ride is a hot topic with city centre traders. He said: “There is no easy answer. However, we are keen to be part of the solution so are open to any discussions the council wishes to have to help solve the conundrum.”

Roger French, managing director at the Brighton and Hove bus Company, said the plan will face a number of hurdles.

He said: “Park and Ride motorists need good signage and consistency of use for such systems to work and be most effective.

“The Community Stadium and Universities’ car parks are already fully used for home matches and events at the stadium so will cause confusion on such occasions.

“Retailers such as Asda and Tesco already impose a two-hour limit on parking at Hollingbury and Marina and Church Road, Hove, to prevent use by commuters and employees of other companies working nearby so I doubt they’ll be attracted to the idea. The Marina main car park is already full on summer weekends.”

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1:34pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ruberducker says...

funny how the council can find room for all the travellers to park....
funny how the council can find room for all the travellers to park.... ruberducker

1:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bubs says...

You can't expect day trippers to find their way to various different car pars here and there and then catch a normal bus. That doesn't sound like a very attractive and easy to navigate park and ride system. The transport issue needs decisive action.
You can't expect day trippers to find their way to various different car pars here and there and then catch a normal bus. That doesn't sound like a very attractive and easy to navigate park and ride system. The transport issue needs decisive action. Bubs

2:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Just look to Cambridge, Guildford or Norwich to see how successful park and ride schemes operate. This half-ars*d, too-little-too-late methodology that BHCC seem to employ regularly will simply not work effectively.
Just look to Cambridge, Guildford or Norwich to see how successful park and ride schemes operate. This half-ars*d, too-little-too-late methodology that BHCC seem to employ regularly will simply not work effectively. Crystal Ball

2:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

censored says...

Ummm... I don't really follow the ins and outs of footballs and the Amex, but isn't there already a lack of parking there on match days? What if there's a game on too? It can't be park and ride one day and not the next, far too confusing for visitors.

The only sensible solution is a big multi-story at the A23/A27 junction.
Ummm... I don't really follow the ins and outs of footballs and the Amex, but isn't there already a lack of parking there on match days? What if there's a game on too? It can't be park and ride one day and not the next, far too confusing for visitors. The only sensible solution is a big multi-story at the A23/A27 junction. censored

4:41pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bug eye says...

most tourists and day trippers come in from the north and that is where the big park and ride needs to be. no point park and ride in the east as with the new lewes road scheme, even park and riders will face hefty delays. more bitty badly thought out non workable expensive bad ideas from this council.
most tourists and day trippers come in from the north and that is where the big park and ride needs to be. no point park and ride in the east as with the new lewes road scheme, even park and riders will face hefty delays. more bitty badly thought out non workable expensive bad ideas from this council. bug eye

4:56pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Coombe Road was a car park again today due to the single lane Lewes Road.
3.45pm and the traffic was queued from top to bottom with vehicles spewing out fumes.
Thank you Jason Kitkat and all the other councillors who refused to accept local people's comments and refused to accept the officers' report which clearly stated that there would be congestion and local residential streets would be rat runs.
However, today Katie Price was stuck in the queue in her pink Range Rover with number plates KP HOT so at least the children coming out of school had a celebrity to distract them as they breathed in vehicle fumes.
However, I can't imagine slow Jason and red faced Bill will get out and take a look at the absolute eco disaster they have caused in my community.
Selfish little sods.
Coombe Road was a car park again today due to the single lane Lewes Road. 3.45pm and the traffic was queued from top to bottom with vehicles spewing out fumes. Thank you Jason Kitkat and all the other councillors who refused to accept local people's comments and refused to accept the officers' report which clearly stated that there would be congestion and local residential streets would be rat runs. However, today Katie Price was stuck in the queue in her pink Range Rover with number plates KP HOT so at least the children coming out of school had a celebrity to distract them as they breathed in vehicle fumes. However, I can't imagine slow Jason and red faced Bill will get out and take a look at the absolute eco disaster they have caused in my community. Selfish little sods. Maxwell's Ghost

8:12pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Bob_The_Ferret says...

The greens don't really want park and ride in the city at all. They would rather drivers park and shop in Crawley, Worthing & Eastbourne than bring their business here.
The greens don't really want park and ride in the city at all. They would rather drivers park and shop in Crawley, Worthing & Eastbourne than bring their business here. Bob_The_Ferret

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