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Well designed park and ride schemes reduce the number of cars ...
Well designed park and ride schemes reduce the number of cars

entering urban centres and lead to an overall decrease in private

car mileage shows a DETR study published this week.

The study, undertaken by WS Atkins Planning Consultants, investigated

the effectiveness of bus-based park and ride in response to growing

concerns that schemes could lead to an overall increase in private

car mileage. It examined a cross section of schemes serving eight

urban centres and found that park and ride resulted in a net

reduction in private car use and car mileage in each case.

The size of the reduction in each urban centre depended on the extent

to which:

- sites are located further out from the urban area which they serve

- ideally at the intersection of radial and orbital routes

- an urban centre is served by a number of high quality sites on the

outskirts of the town

- services are complemented with bus priority measures and restraint

measures on private car use in the urban centre

Transport minister Glenda Jackson said:

'This research has dispelled the myth that park and ride results in a

net increase in car mileage. But it has reinforced the government's

view that schemes need to be carefully designed and seen as one

measure in a wider transport strategy for an area.

'We shall use the findings from this study to update our guidance to

local authorities on how park and ride can best deliver local

transport objectives.'

The study also looked at what makes park and ride attractive to

users, and what discourages motorists from using park and ride.

Users indicated that they found park and ride easier and cheaper

than parking in the town centre, and that the service available was

convenient, quick and reliable.

The main reasons given for non use of park and ride were that it was

quicker and easier to drive in to the urban centre, the duration of

the stay in the urban centre did not make use of park and ride worth

while, the availability of town centre parking, and other reasons of

personal convenience.

The study also investigated the extent to which park and ride

abstracts users from public transport. It found that abstraction is

most likely where a park and ride site is located close to an urban

centre and local bus services, with users appearing to choose to take

advantage of the superior service offered by park and ride. But the

study found that the majority of users drove all the way in to the

urban centre before switching to park and ride.


. The eight urban centres which took part in the study were

Brighton, Cambridge, Coventry, Norwich, Plymouth, Reading,

Shrewsbury and York.

. Further information and copies of the final report The Travel

Effects of Park and Ride, priced at£18, are available from Ms

Bryony Cooper, WS Atkins Planning Consultants, Woodcote Grove,

Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BW. Tel: 01372 726140 ext 6049,

Fax: 01372 740055.

3. Annexes providing more detailed information on the urban

centres which took part in the study and on the data analysis are

also available from WS Atkins Planning Consultants, priced£7 each.

enquiries: 0171 890 3395; out of hours: 0171 873 1985

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