Minister Announces Changes to Royal Parks Regulations

Royal Park say that the charges "are similar to the cost of a cup of coffee"

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Minister for Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge announced today that proposed changes to Royal Parks Regulations will be implemented later this year, subject to parliamentary approval.

The decision was made after careful consideration of all responses to the public consultation on the proposals, a series of meetings with stakeholders, and additional research.

Car parking charges will be introduced at Richmond and Bushy Parks.  The charges are set at affordable rates, especially given new research which reveals at least 86 per cent of car park users are from socio-economic groups ABCI. 

The Minister has decided not to proceed with the proposed six-hour maximum stay in Bushy and Richmond Parks, following research which suggested this could lead to displacement parking in surrounding streets.  The research indicated that there would be no significant displacement parking if all-day charges were introduced.

Significant investment has been made to cycling routes to encourage people to leave their cars at home, helping to maintain the special character of the parks.  Discussion will also take place with all the relevant authorities to assess the feasibility of introducing a land train in Richmond Park.

Colin Buttery, Deputy Chief Executive, The Royal Parks said:
"At a maximum of £2 a day at Bushy Park and £3 a day at Richmond Park, the charges are similar to the cost of a cup of coffee and compare favourably with car parks locally and at similar amenities.”

Income from the charges will be used to help maintain car parks and roads.

Other changes include the reduction of the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in Bushy and Greenwich Parks and allowing Private Hire Vehicles into the parks. 

January 15, 2010