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Traffic control, not cash cow
11:57am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Salisbury Letters
SURELY it is time that the powers that be looked a little more closely and a lot more open-mindedly at the parking issues in Salisbury.
Firstly they must take on board the fact that parking is a traffic control measure and not a way of extracting more revenue from drivers.
Some commuters will be satisfied by the services provided by the park and ride which gives them cheap, allday parking plus a short ride into the city centre.
Other commuters, like those who travel early or late, need provisions made for them to exceed the inadequate spaces provided at the station.
Meanwhile, shoppers are asked to pay more than they should to park in underutilized city centre car parks in order to do a few errands and a little shopping.
Surely it would make good sense to make the first hour or two in the car park free?
This would have two desirable effects – it would draw drivers away from on road parking and secondly it would allow drivers to spend a little more time browsing in the shops.
An additional benefit is that less on-street parking would give more freedom for them to find bus stops and waiting places for the Wilts and Dorset buses, which are shortly to be displaced from the existing bus station.
Some of the existing parking near the station freed up could then be allocated to the daily rail commuters, as could a small portion of the central car park.
I do not think for one moment that the suggestions given here will cure all our parking problems, but they may provide adequate food for thought on this always contentious issue.
BRIAN FORD, Salisbury
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