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Parking around the UK… how do the top cities compare?

You may be fortunate
to work in a UK city whereby and you can quickly find a parking space or pay very
little for the visit — making it very convenient to bring your car into the
city centre. For other cities though, you could end up driving around for ages
trying to locate one space or put quite a few pound coins into the ticket
machine for the privilege. Let’s take a deeper look at how parking can prove to
be much more of a nightmare in one city compared to another. If you like
numbers, you’ll enjoy the insightful research we’ve compiled about the topic.

Searching for a parking space can be
time consuming in some cities

Using data gathered
from a study carried out by end-to-end parking solution specialists INRIX and
reported on by The Sun, the following table reveals how long people spend on
average each year searching for a parking space in some of the UK’s largest
cities. It also details the cost that this search has on each driver when
factoring in time, fuel and emissions, as well as the overall cost if the
entire city’s population could drive.

City Population Search time per year Cost per driver Cost if entire population could drive
London 7,074,265 67 £1,104 £7,809,988,560
Birmingham 1,020,589 46 £757 £772,585,873
Leeds 726,939 47 £772 £561,196,908
Glasgow 616,430 40 £660 £406,843,800
Bristol 399,633 46 £768 £306,918,144
Manchester 430,818 41 £688 £296,402,784
Edinburgh 448,850 38 £625 £280,531,250
Belfast 297,300 56 £928 £275,894,400
Cardiff 315,040 44 £737 £232,184,480
Southampton 214,859 35 £588 £126,337,092

 

Exploring the cost of parking in the
UK’s city centres

In the next table, we
have taken a look at how much it costs to park in various cities throughout the
UK, based on information collated by vehicle history check service HPI Check.
The organisation based its findings on the cost of parking in a city centre for
an hour on a typical working day, between 9am and 5pm, and is an average price
of parking from all car parks found in each city. From these statistics, we
have calculated how much could be made from parking per hour if the entire
city’s population was able to drive.

City Population Hourly cost of parking Cost if entire population could drive
London 7,074,265 £9.10 £64,375,811.50
Leeds 726,939 £3.06 £2,224,433.34
Glasgow 616,430 £2.65 £1,633,539.50
Manchester 430,818 £3.18 £1,370,001.24
Liverpool 467,995 £2.59 £1,212,107.05
Sheffield 530,375 £2.14 £1,135,002.50
Cardiff 315,040 £3.14 £989,225.60
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 282,338 £1.72 £485.621.36
Sunderland 294,261 £0.79 £232,466.19

 

The UK’s most populated cities and
the number of NCP car parking spaces

For the following
table, we have analysed how many car parks there are from the National Car
Parks (NCP) in each of the ten most populated cities across the UK, as ranked
by City Mayors Statistics. We have also recorded the number of standard spaces
and disabled spaces that there are across each of the city’s NCP car parks,
before working out the space to person ratio (all numbers rounded down) if the
entire city’s population could drive.

City Population Number of NCP car parks Standard spaces Number of people to space ratio Disabled spaces Number of people to disabled space ratio
London 7,074,265 30 6,631 1,066 53 133,476
Birmingham 1,020,589 9 4,253 239 62 16,461
Leeds 726,939 3 1,468 495 60 12,115
Glasgow 616,430 6 2,207 279 17 36,260
Sheffield 530,375 9 3,056 173 47 11,284
Bradford 483,422 2 958 504 34 14,218
Liverpool 467,995 7 1,615 289 9 51,999
Edinburgh 448,850 3 1,847 243 20 22,442
Manchester 430,818 32 11,893 36 366 1,177
Bristol 399,633 6 2,081 192 15 26,642

Research piece provided by Vindis, a
family run business and
Audi car dealership, supplying new and used vehicles.

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