Manchester car parking fees spiral ever upwards

It will cost more for motorists to park in the city centre of Manchester than anywhere else in the country outside of London. And later this week it is to get even worse for drivers.

The introduction of Sunday parking fees are expected to be approved by council leaders for the first time and to also extend the ten hour charging period to 12 hours or 8am – 8pm daily. With the increase of prices for on street parking some prices were going up as much as 20%.

The new pricing structure that will be in force from today for on-street parking in the center of the city will not cost as high as £2.70 per hour from the previous £2.20. The minimum 15 minute rate increase from 55p to 65p. The new increases will make Manchester on street parking more expensive than Leeds and Birmingham per Town Hall figures.

Earlier this year the new charges were announced because of the new money making measures to help the council of Manchester save over two years £170m. The changes are worth up to £11,000 to town hall who is having their funding from central government slashed and announced many new service cuts.

The changes are the first in six years and the parking chiefs have said the changes are designed to free up those limited number of spots on street and ensure there is a regular turnover for all visitors to the city.

Those against the plans say people will be put off by the costs and will not come to visit the city to eat and shop therefore diverting business to another area such as the Trafford Centre which has free parking. There are three zones that the city centre is broken into with parking available in zones one and two.