The city council is planning to scrap almost half of Manchester’s 30,000 city centre parking spaces over the next 20 years and could redevelop some off-street car parks, after taking over control of 13 former NCP sites.
Manchester City Council’s 21-year partnership with car park operator NCP will be scaled back in the new year, paving the way for the local authority to push on with redeveloping some of the sites over the next 20 years.
In total, 25 off-street sites are covered by the agreement, 12 of which will continue to be operated by NCP beyond January 2021.
The 25 car parks account for one-third of the city centre’s off-street capacity and the 13 that will be operated by the council from January 2021 total 4,500 spaces.
The car parks which will revert to council control are:
– Bloom Street
– Bridge Street
– Bridgewater Hall
– Chepstow Street
– Church Street
– Faulkner Street
– The Grand / Piccadilly Gardens
– High Street
– Hulme Street
– King Street West
– Market Place / Deansgate
– Sheffield Street
– Stone Street
The council plans to reduce the number of parking spaces in the city centre by 12,500 for “new developments”, according to the authority’s 20-year transport strategy.
“We believe that the use of the car needs to change and be carefully managed in our future city centre. To support this, we will be removing some existing car parking within the core of the city centre,” the strategy states.
Executive member for the environment, planning and transport, Cllr Angeliki Stogia, said: “This is a big opportunity for us to look afresh at our city centre car parks and gives us the flexibility we need to ensure that they serve the public better in the future.
“Manchester is changing and has set an ambitious target of becoming zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest. We will be working to ensure that sufficient parking space is available to meet the needs of those who live, work or visit the city, while also taking full account of the bold proposals set out in the new city centre transport strategy and the city’s zero-carbon goal.”
Despite the longer-term plan to repurpose a large proportion of Manchester’s car parking provision, the council plans to improve the car parks in the short term through the provision of cycle and motorbike storage and the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
Chester Street, Chorlton Street, Great Northern, Manchester Central, Oxford Street, Palace, Park Street, Piccadilly Plaza, Port Street, Printworks, Sackville Street, Spinningfields car parks will continue to be operated by NCP.