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Parking prices decrease in Central City

Parking prices decrease in Central City

Short-term parking in the Central City is set to get cheaper with Council introducing lower meter rates in select areas.

From today, on-street short-term meter parking will be $2 per hour along sections of several inner city streets including Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. The previous hourly meter rate was $3.10.

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

Transport and Greenspace Unit Manager John Mackie says the lower prices are aimed at increasing parking occupancy in the targeted areas as well as reducing traffic congestion in other areas caused by drivers looking for a car 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.

"Attracting drivers to these areas will also help minimise congestion at other key traffic routes in the west of the Central City.”

The Council’s Parking Operations Team has been collecting occupancy data in all on-street car parks within the four avenues since January.

"Staff continually monitor the supply and demand of both on and off-street car parks and fees are adjusted accordingly as circumstances change,” says Mr Mackie.

"This flexible approach to parking helps encourage drivers to areas with typically low occupancy rates, creating an improved parking balance within the Central City.”

The Council is also continuing to work 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 will be communicated on the Council’s website at www.ccc.govt.nz/parking

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Please see attached map outlining areas of $2 short-term meter parking.

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