Town Centre parking strategy recommended for approval

Cabinet will be asked to approve proposals which will see £1.2m invested to offer a great customer parking experience to people visiting by car, supporting the council’s ambitions to make Barnsley a more popular visitor destination.  

The Town Centre Parking Strategy Implementation - Phase 1 proposes investments in smart parking technology with a focus on customer experience and is recommended for approval by Cabinet at their next meeting on Wednesday 4 November.  

The investments will make parking quicker, safer, and easier to use; with more electric vehicle charging points and greater flexibility, supporting our ambitions to increase active travel, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.   

Reduced Journey Time 

Sensors will monitor transport use and display available spaces on digital signs and smartphone apps making it quicker and easier to find a space, reducing vehicle emissions. Information provided by the sensors will help tailor what support is put in place to encourage active travel which will in turn reduce congestion and improve air quality.  

Easier to Use 

Customers will have the flexibility and freedom to extend their stay as long as they want using new payment machines offering multiple payment methods and flexibility. Users will be able to extend their stay without going back to the car by using an app on their phone or making a phone call.  

Greater freedom 

Pay on exit parking and electric vehicle charging points will be installed at Market Gate car park and the new Glass Works multi-storey, offering visitors the ultimate freedom without worrying whether they have paid for enough time on their ticket or have enough charge to get home. 

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation) said: “The fantastic regeneration of our town centre is nearly complete, and with this parking strategy we’re making it easier to visit Barnsley and support The Glass Works and our wider town centre economy.  

“We want to make it safer, quicker and easier for those that choose to drive into town to find a convenient parking space and encourage visitors to stay longer.   

“We’re always conscious of our environmental impacts and we’re working towards a zero carbon borough, so we want to do all we can to encourage people to use public transport or active travel to get into town, yet we know people are going to continue using cars for some time to come.  

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