Wednesday 10th June 2020
As nation avoids public transport, demand for renting parking spaces has soared

Due to poor public transport services, the UK has consistently been car-dependant, but adamant at avoiding expensive, over-crowded city centre car parks. And now given the circumstance and the slow return to work, the demand of private parking rentals has surged.

RAC reports:

There has been a recent surge in demand for private parking rentals in and around city centres as the nation starts slowly returning to work.

ParkLet, the UK’s largest parking space letting agent, experienced a 47% rise above normal April levels after suffering an 82% slump at the beginning of lockdown.

The parking option has gained popularity as commuters shun public transport and look for an alternative to traditionally overcrowded and expensive city-centre car parks.

The firm’s managing director Luke Kelly said: “Working from home is simply not possible for everyone and therefore those who do need to go out to work are trying their best to do so in the safest way possible.”

Services across bus and train networks are running on a reduced capacity, raising public concern for potential overcrowding. For many, driving to work is the safest and most convenient travel option.

Even before lockdown, RAC research shows that the nation was already highly car-dependent because of poor public transport services.

Hopefully everyone returning to work can do so in the safest manner possible.

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