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The air quality agenda and chronic traffic congestion in the UK’s urban centres have pushed traffic and parking management up the policy agenda at both a national and local government level. A number of UK councils are now giving serious consideration to introducing Workplace Parking Levy (WPL schemes). In parallel, towns and cities are developing an array of low emission zones imposing a range of restrictions on different classes of vehicle.
The day will feature:
A focus on Nottingham’s Workplace Parking Levy - how it works, policy aims, lessons learned and its lasting impact.
An overview of other WPL schemes that are planned
A review of Clean Air Zone and other air quality management schemes around the UK
Confirmed speakers include:
A Landor LINKS event staged in partnership with Nottingham City Council
Sponsored by Marston Holdings
Session 1: The new lexicon of clean air: WPLs, CAZs, ULEZs, LENs and ZEZs
Poor air quality and chronic traffic congestion in the UK’s urban centres has pushed traffic and parking management up the policy agenda at both a national and local government level. A number of UK councils have given serious consideration to introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL schemes) – commissioning studies and preparing public consultations.
In parallel, many towns and cities will have to implement measures to mitigate the impact of vehicle emissions on air quality in urban areas. The need for action will lead to the creation of Clean Air Zones (CAZs). There are different types of CAZs, with some being charging schemes, while others will be non-charging, relying on traffic management and transport measures to reduce air pollution.
This session will look at the national picture on WPL and CAZs. It will also consider their interplay with a range of other schemes and measures, such as anti-idling actions, that encourage, enforce and finance better travel choices in town and city centres.
Session 2: Delivering a WPL scheme
The WPL concept is a local traffic management approach enabled in England under the Transport Act 2000. It involves local authorities collecting an annual fee from organisations for private non-residential parking spaces. The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 enables Scottish local authorities to introduce WPL schemes.
The fees raised by a WPL must be used to finance improved local transport services, infrastructure and public realm. An added benefit can be a reduction in car traffic as organisations rationalise and reduce parking provision over time.
Nottingham City Council is the first, and so far only, UK local authority to launch a WPL scheme. After initial opposition from the business community, the scheme is widely regarded as having been a success in terms of stakeholder engagement, operation and revenue raising.
Recent empirical studies have proven that it has reduced congestion growth by 47%. The Nottingham scheme has won a number of awards and is cited by many leading organisations as a proven way to tackle air quality and congestion.
Session 3: Improving Air Quality
The Nottingham Workplace Parking Levy is an established scheme and a raft of other air quality management schemes are now in operation, including the first CAZs in Bath and Birmingham and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London.
This session will see an expert panel help towns and cities planning their own schemes how to plan, implement and manage low emission schemes.
Session 4: The road ahead
The implementation of traffic and parking management measures to reduce traffic congestion, and encourage the use of public transport and active travel modes, requires the support and commitment of city leaders and elected members who can make the case for controls with vision, passion and courage.
We will close the day with contributions from group of city leaders and sector experts who will share their experiences of planning and implementing clean air, enhanced public transport and active travel schemes.
Traffic and transport engineers
Councillors and portfolio holders
Chambers of Commerce
The exhibition area at this agenda-setting event provides an ideal opportunity to present systems and services to local authorities, consultants and contractors working in the clean air and traffic management sectors.
Contact Jason Conboy, Commercial Development Manager, on 020 7091 7895 or email Jason@landor.co.uk
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