Yes it’s true you can park for two hours for just 2p and all day for 11p right next to the Grafton Centre in Cambridge. Did you think parking was expensive? Perhaps you are looking in the wrong place.
If you want to park near the Grafton Centre you have nine options:
And the prices for Saturday daytime are:
|Free spaces (subjective)||Price for 2 hours||Price for all day|
|1. City Road residents’ bay||Low||£0.02||£0.11|
|2. East Road rented garage||Unknown||£0.13||£1.53|
|3. City Road residents’ bay (visitor)||Low||£1.80||£1.80|
|4. Norfolk Street on-street||Moderate||£2.00||–|
|5. Park and Ride||High||£2.60||£2.60|
|6. Adam and Eve Street car park||Moderate||£3.60||–|
|7. Grafton East car park||Low||£4.30||£24.00|
|8. New Square double yellow lines||Moderate||£25.00||£25.00|
|9. Maids Causeway cycle lane||High||£35.00||£35.00|
In my next post I will look at what this could mean for city centre residents.
City Road residents’ bay
If you are eligible for a residents’ parking permit the cost is £81 per year and the bays operate 9am–8pm seven days a week. Residents can also get an indefinite number of visitors’ permits for £8 for five allowing parking in residents’ bays for one day for one vehicle. Neither a residents’ or visitors’ permit guarantees a space however.
East Road rented garage
If you are prepared to plan ahead and pay for four weeks the City Council will rent you a garage from £8.91 per week plus VAT, assuming there is a space available. I haven’t been able to find any information on current occupancy.
Park and Ride
Parking at the sites on the edges of the city is free and the bus fare is £2.60 for the cheapest return fair for one adult (who can take children with them).
Adam and Eve Street car park
This is a short stay car park so you cannot park here all day.
Grafton East car park
This is the most expensive of the legal options but there is no shortage of demand with queues outside and one-out-one-in operating at some times of the day.
New Square double yellow lines
Unless you have a Blue Badge parking here is illegal. Civil enforcement officers regularly check this area and you will get a ticket that costs £25 if paid quickly, or the same as all day parking at Grafton East car park!
Please do not park when and where parking restrictions are in force, it is illegal, inconsiderate and can block access for emergency vehicles.
Maids Causeway cycle lane
Parking here is illegal and the police could issue you with a Fixed Penalty Notice that costs £35 if paid quickly. However it’s also likely that the police would not see the illegally parked vehicle or take any action if they did, so the cost could also be £0.
Please do not park in cycle lanes, it is illegal, inconsiderate and can cause danger for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles.
Norfolk Street on-street
There are a few pay and display parking bays at 50p for 30 minutes, maximum stay of two hours.