A trial of a new parking system to help revitalise Hamilton’s CBD was approved by Hamilton City Council in June 2017. The trial runs from 1 October 2017 and will be reviewed before the end of June 2019.
The plan includes free on-street CBD parking for up to two hours, with a $6 per hour charge for the third and subsequent hours. The two free hours can be in one park or in a combination of CBD on-street metered and pay and display parks between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday. The previous parking charges were $2 per hour with a maximum two-hour time limit.
The trial parking plan will make use of parking technology changes in the CBD. Sensors have been installed in all metered parking bays in the central city which will provide real-time data on usage of parking spaces. The sensors are also linked to a free app, Pay My Park, which allows users to check parking availability, get reminders when their parking is due to expire and pay for parking via their mobile device.
A review of parking was one of the elements of the Central City Transformation Plan, a long-term approach to enhance the central city. The CCTP has a number of key outcomes and goals:
- It will attract more people to work and live in the central city
- An economically prosperous commercial core is essential for any city
- The central city is an attractive destination for everyone to use and enjoy
- An activated riverfront promotes enjoyment of the river and benefits the community
For more information on the CCTP click here or to find out more on the two hours free parking download the flyer here.
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