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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.