Park and Ride

Bus-based Park and Ride - 2nd Edition

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Bus-based Park & RideReport 48

In 1993 the Forum produced its first Park & Ride Good Practice Guide in response to widespread interest in the potential benefits of bus-based Park & Ride systems in our historic towns. These towns were among the first to introduce out-of-town parking provision, with cheap and frequent public transport links to the centre.

Since 1993 the implementation of Park & Ride has developed apace, and there are now at least 35 towns and cities operating over 80 year-round systems.

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Updated Park & Ride Survey

The Park & Ride survey carried out on behalf of HTF by RPS last year gave us invaluable information about schemes all over the country. To share your experiences or to update information you have already given us please complete the updated survey. Responses are also welcome from Local Authorities looking into the feasibility of implementing P&R in their region.  The information provided will enable an analysis of the sustainability of P&R schemes, the purpose of their implementation and whether alternatives have been considered.

Complete the updated survey

Case studies are a great way to share experience and identify good practice. Please share yours with us and with colleagues in the sector. To have your case study added to the HTF web pages contact



Park & Ride Guidance

The guidance published by EHTF in 2000 remains a ‘best seller’, however things have moved on in this field and the Forum is keen to continue to offer up to date guidance. With this in mind, and after the recent conference in held in Winchester demonstrated the wealth of information that there is amongst the Membership, we are developing web-based guidance which will bring together expert knowledge and practical examples.

The survey devised by RPS, in partnership with HTF, has offered a useful source of information and will remain open for contributions – so please add your experiences.

The conference concluded that Park & Ride was not a panacea and may not be suitable for all historic towns, but as part of a sustainable transport strategy it may help to solve some problems and lead to less reliance on the car.

Watch the website for the development of on-line guidance and contribute your case studies and experience –

Park and Ride as part of an integrated transport strategy

Winchester Park and ride Park & Ride has been a significant element of transport strategies in historic towns for many years and the EHTF guidance documents helped to establish good practice. However P&R is not a panacea and together with recent advances in technologies, it is necessary to up date this guidance and to offer information to support decision makers.

Following the conference – “Park & Ride as part of an integrated transport strategy” - held in Winchester early in 2009, a task group made up of representatives from RPS, Sustrans, the BPA, Colin Buchanan, the IHE, and members of HTF, was set up to disseminate the conference outcomes and to develop a new web-based guidance vehicle.

This web page and its links will be built on over the next few months to bring together expert advice, case studies and other information, as well as continuing to collect data to inform its development.

Your contributions are very welcome. Please complete the survey, if you have not already done so or contact to contribute to the Case Study library.

More details will follow soon.

Conference Presentations

Case Studies

A conference – “Park & Ride as part of an integrated transport strategy” - was held in Winchester in 2009, to explore the issues surrounding P&R and some innovative solutions to traffic management problems. View the conference report and presentations.

Case Studies offer real examples of good practice and of what might be avoided. The usefulness of this collection will be enhanced by contributions from those with a range of experiences. Please send your comments and contributions to
Winchester Park and Ride


News Articles

RPS undertook a survey on behalf of HTF, the interim results of which were presented to the conference held in Winchester. The survey has been re-opened in order to collect more data and contributions are very welcome.Articles from HTF e-news and previous editions of NEWS which relate to this topic can be seen here.Realtime bus sign © Richard Stacey, RPS


Conference Report: Parking and Park & Ride as part of an integrated transport strategy in historic towns and cities: Winchester - 22/06/09

Parking and Park & Ride: Winchester - 13 - 14 May 2009

View the Speakers' Presentations here

delegates on the bus The document published by EHTF in 2000 was the 2nd edition of 'Bus-Based Park & Ride - A Good Practice Guide 2nd Edition', updated from the 1993 document. Whilst this remains very popular - copies have been sold as far afield as Australia and Canada! - technologies, strategies and case studies for park and ride have moved on considerably in ten years. Working with RPS, HTF was keen to collect up to date information and to disseminate this, and other expertise at this event. The City of Winchester also offered an ideal location in which to look at how park and ride can work in a smaller town environment.

The conference opened with presentations from Nick Farthing, representing Sustrans and the Winchester LSP Transport Forum, and Campbell Ross Bain from Cambridgeshire County Council who explained policies and practices in the two regions, followed by Steve Tilbury of Winchester City Council who explained the aims and objectives of traffic management in the City, and its importance to economic vitality.

Richard Stacey of RPS then presented the findings of the survey of HTF Members and its implications. Since 1990 the number of P&R sites has risen significantly, and (although a small sample) 93% of respondents considered P&R to be a 'success'. He looked at the reasons for implementing P&R, economic factors, alternatives, facilities at P&R sites and other issues. He also looked in detail at two case studies - Stratford on Avon and Winchester. European examples and the alternatives now available gave a wide pallete ofmeasures which local authorities could draw on. He concluded that

there was scope for much more research and invited HTF members to participate in the survey and collation of good practice.

James Bailey, Centre Manager of Cabot Circus, Bristol explained the freight consolidation scheme which was an integral part of the transport management programme surrounding the new development.

Andrew Thurston presented the work being carried out by Colin Buchanan on developing Personal Rapid Transit as an alternative to the various conventional solutions involving P&R and its suitability for historic towns using the Daventry case study.

The Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) trialled in Nottingham was the subject of Tom Henderson's presentation on behalf of Bircham Dyson Bell, and its potential to impact on congestion in town centres.

Afternoon workshops led by Andrew Stuck, Managing Consultant, Rethinking Cities Ltd, Campbell Ross-Bain, Park & Ride Operations Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council and Dave Chapman, Consultant, RPS offered delegates an opportunity to discuss managing mobility scooters as well as sustainable transport strategies for historic towns and whether P&R was always the answer.

In conclusion, Sam Howes, HTF Chair said: "P&R is not the solution to all problems but can be part of a pallete of measures. The Park & Ride Benchmarking Forum" he added "offered a useful point of reference to authorities considering P&R issues". It was agreed that new technologies and strategies should all be considered - including freight consolidation and WPLs - when developing integrated transport strategies in historic towns and cities.

Tom Henderson of Bircham Dyson Bell, who spoke at the conference has kindly made available the two latest editions of their regular bulletin, containing highways related issues such as road charging, workplace parking, and traffic management:

BDB Road User Charging Bulletin April 2009 issue pdf (167KB)
BDB Road User Charging Bulletin November 2008 issue pdf (143KB)

To receive further FREE issues please contact:

More roads/highways/parking-related services by BDB pdf (97KB)

Parking and Park & Ride: Winchester 14 May 2009

Speakers' presentations:

The following presentations can be downloaded as pdf files:

DaSTS - how will it affect historic towns? (1.7 MB)
Nick Farthing, Regional Director, Sustrans / Chair, Winchester LSP Transport Forum

DaSTS - The Regional Approach (68.9KB)
Campbell Ross-Bain, Park & Ride Operations Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

DaSTS - Impact on the City (1.2MB)
Steve Tilbury, Corporate Director (Operations), Winchester City Council

The RPS research - the effectiveness and sustainability of Park & Ride - survey results, conclusions and recommendations (668.9KB)
Richard Stacey, Operations Director, RPS

Integrating transport strategies with retail development - innovative practice in Cabot Circus, Bristol (366.7KB)
James Bailey, Centre Manager, Cabot Circus

Engineering and new technologies (374.7KB)
Andrew Thurston, Associate Director, Colin Buchanan / Chair IHIE

Charging Strategies: Case study: Workplace Parking Levy Scheme, Nottingham (366.9KB)
Tom Henderson, Associate, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Park & Ride: is it the answer for all historic towns? (334.6KB)
David Chapman, Consultant, RPS

Managing pavement vehicles - a growing issue (334.6KB)
Andrew Stuck, Managing Consultant, Rethinking Cities Ltd

Sustainability and Park & Ride - good bedfellows in historic towns?

Transport and traffic management has always been a challenge in historic towns, and parking is a key element in strategic planning. Not only have revenue / resource strategies changed in recent years, but so have the technologies which are now widely available. The 2008 'Developing a Sustainable Transport Strategy' (DaSTS) offers local authorities a six point implementation plan. The implications of this for historic towns need to be addressed.


Research being carried out by RPS to review Park & Ride, including its sustainability in historic towns, together with other aspects of parking as a part of integrated transport strategies was explored at the conference held in Winchester on 13-14 May. View conference report and presentations

New Park and Ride Research

RPS is conducting research on behalf of the Historic Towns Forum regarding the effectiveness of park and ride schemes. The data collected will be analysed with the results presented at the conference in Winchester on 13-14 May.

This should offer infomation on the sustainability of P&R schemes, the purpose of their implementation and whether alternatives have been considered.

Respond to the survey by 28 March 2009. For further information regarding the survey please contact Greg Churcher - Tranport Planner