Major changes to parking in Bury St Edmunds are on the cards under draft plans published by the county council.
As well as stopping all-day parking at the Parkway multi-storey on Saturdays and transferring long stay parking to Ram Meadow, higher tariffs across all car parks for stays of three hours or more and incentives to travel outside of peak times have been recommended.
Suffolk County Council’s recently published draft Bury St Edmunds Transport Strategy 2011-2031 report states that parking provision and pricing are ‘key’ to managing traffic within Bury.
It says the town currently has a deficiency of 100 parking spaces at peak times (weekends and Wednesdays) which will rise to 500 by 2035 if action is not taken to displace cars to Ram Meadow.
The removal of parking to accommodate gaps in the cycle network, limiting access on key town centre routes to provide bus priority and pricing off-street car parks to discourage commuting by car are among other strategies put forward for consideration.
The report also identifies three traffic cluster junctions which could benefit from an adaptive system that responds automatically to fluctuations in traffic flow, SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique).
It concludes: “There is no single approach that will deliver mitigation for either the current level of traffic or with future growth.
“It will be necessary to provide hard, infrastructure, and soft, smarter choices and pricing, measures.”
A council spokeswoman said: “There is to be a joint county and borough council meeting in the near future to discuss any approach.”
The report can be found online here