Parking Nightmare Is Just Getting Worse; Demand for Space Will Soon Outstrip Supply as 250,000 More Cars Pack London's Streets

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Parking Nightmare Is Just Getting Worse; Demand for Space Will Soon Outstrip Supply as 250,000 More Cars Pack London's Streets


Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

MOTORISTS face a "parking war" as demand for roadside spaces threatens to outstrip supply, a report warns today.

More than 250,000 new vehicles are expected in London in a decade but there will be nowhere to park them, the study by the National Housing Federation claims.

The number of private parking spaces in London has remained static since 1999, says the report.

But parking spaces in zones where there are yellow lines and meters have plummeted by more than a quarter.

Spaces have also been swallowed up by the expansion of the red route network.

With London's population set to rise by 800,000 over a decade, parking will "become a source of conflict between neighbours"says the report.

Kate Dodsworth, regional manager at the London Housing Federation, said: "Space is such a precious commodity that new homes do not have any parking [but] transport and access to amenities simply isn't good enough to persuade people to ditch cars."

Car use in central London is low, with just 18 per cent of households having two or more cars compared to half with outer London, says the report.

However, more than half of householders polled said they would not buy a new home if there was no parking space nearby and Londoners always express a "strong preference" for travelling by car. …

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