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Begg calls for rethink on workplace charging

COMMISSION FOR Integrated Transport chairman Professor David Begg has urged the Government to rethink its workplace parking charge guidance.

Speaking at the 'Workplace parking: charging ahead' conference held by the Centre for Transport Policy, Begg said that charging alone was not enough to reduce congestion and would simply become a means for local authorities to raise revenue.

Begg's comments followed views from local authorities, private sector and other groups attending the conference - many of which also had reservations about the Government's plans.

Brain Parbutt, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said: 'Workplace parking levies are a tool in a package to deal with transport problems in a city.'

'On their own they won't solve congestion problems, especially with the volumes of traffic that are predicted for future years.'

Michelle Dix of Halcrow Fox & Associates also pointed to recent research which suggested that a £3,000 a year charge in central London would only reduce morning peak traffic by 4% in the centre and by 2% in inner London.

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