UPark $6 for 3 hours - Short-stay parking trial

This consultation has concluded.

From 2 July 2012 we began a parking trial at three of our UParks offering a discounted rate of $6 for up to three hours parking – less than half the current cost - providing convenient short-stay parking, 7 days a week.

The new rate aimed to make it easy for more people to come into the city with benefits for businesses while increasing vitality and energy in the central areas. We know this UPark short-stay parking trial is creating great discussion and debate amongst our city residents, visitors and users.

A LIVE CHAT with Councillor Houssam Abiad about the UPark trial was held on the 24th July. You can view the live chat discussion (by cliking 'see all') in the 'Discussion Forum' below.

Project Information
  • Read through the documents in the 'Related Documents' section on the right-hand side for background information on this project.
  • View the FAQs section on the right-hand side for commonly asked questions about this project.
From 2 July 2012 we began a parking trial at three of our UParks offering a discounted rate of $6 for up to three hours parking – less than half the current cost - providing convenient short-stay parking, 7 days a week.

The new rate aimed to make it easy for more people to come into the city with benefits for businesses while increasing vitality and energy in the central areas. We know this UPark short-stay parking trial is creating great discussion and debate amongst our city residents, visitors and users.

A LIVE CHAT with Councillor Houssam Abiad about the UPark trial was held on the 24th July. You can view the live chat discussion (by cliking 'see all') in the 'Discussion Forum' below.

Project Information
  • Read through the documents in the 'Related Documents' section on the right-hand side for background information on this project.
  • View the FAQs section on the right-hand side for commonly asked questions about this project.
This consultation has concluded.
  • City parking trial extended

    about 7 years ago

    Adelaide City Council is extending its trial of short-stay parking at its Wyatt Street, Rundle Street and Gawler Place UParks until the end of October.
     
    Visitors to these UParks currently pay a flat rate of $6 to park for up to three hours, around half the previous rate for the same amount of time, offering inexpensive parking for shorter visits to the city.
     
    The trial, which began in July, was proposed by Councillor Houssam Abiad and endorsed by Council as a way to encourage more people into the city centre and to support businesses in and around Rundle...

    Adelaide City Council is extending its trial of short-stay parking at its Wyatt Street, Rundle Street and Gawler Place UParks until the end of October.
     
    Visitors to these UParks currently pay a flat rate of $6 to park for up to three hours, around half the previous rate for the same amount of time, offering inexpensive parking for shorter visits to the city.
     
    The trial, which began in July, was proposed by Councillor Houssam Abiad and endorsed by Council as a way to encourage more people into the city centre and to support businesses in and around Rundle Mall.
     
    “Continuing with this model for another month will give us time to properly assess how the three month trial has worked and to look at the feedback received from the public. That way we can be sure that any future changes will best meet the needs of anyone who comes into the city and businesses,” Councillor Abiad said.
     
    “Continuing with the trial pricing structure until the completion of the analysis will also ensure consistency for our customers,” he said.
     
    “Short stay car parking incentives within immediate proximity to Rundle Mall are important for the retail community. Evidence suggests that this recent initiative at selected UParks has been of benefit to some of our patrons, however, time is required to fully assess the impacts.” said Martin Haese, RMMA General Manager.
     
    The all day Sunday flat rate and evening rate will continue to be available in other UParks, including Pirie/Flinders and Topham Mall, where a flat rate of $6 is also available Saturdays. Early bird discount fees from Monday to Saturday will remain in UParks throughout the city.
     
    The Pirie/Flinders, Topham Mall and Frome Street UParks are all within easy walking distance of Rundle Mall, Rundle Street and other food and entertainment areas.
     
    “This short-term rate is about enticing those people into the CBD who may not normally see the city as an option for shopping and dining. People want to be able to come in for a few hours without having to pay a lot for parking, and there’s still plenty of long-term parking around for those who need it,” said Councillor Abiad.
     
    To give your feedback about the trial of the $6 flat rate, go to yoursay.adelaidecitycouncil.com before the 30th September when the consultation will be closing to allow time for analysis.
     
    To find out more about the rate structure, visit upark.com.au

  • Media Release - Half price parking in the city to start Monday.

    by Engage, over 7 years ago

    Adelaide City Council will halve the cost of parking for three hours in its Rundle Street, Wyatt Street and Gawler Place car parks from Monday 2 July.

    In what will be a closely monitored three month trial, visitors will pay a flat rate of $6 to park for up to three hours in these car parks, making it even easier to pop into the city for lunch, a spot of shopping or a business meeting.

    Councillor Houssam Abiad initiated the idea as a way to encourage more people into the city centre and to support businesses in and around Rundle...

    Adelaide City Council will halve the cost of parking for three hours in its Rundle Street, Wyatt Street and Gawler Place car parks from Monday 2 July.

    In what will be a closely monitored three month trial, visitors will pay a flat rate of $6 to park for up to three hours in these car parks, making it even easier to pop into the city for lunch, a spot of shopping or a business meeting.

    Councillor Houssam Abiad initiated the idea as a way to encourage more people into the city centre and to support businesses in and around Rundle Mall.

    “It’s about enticing those people into the CBD who may not normally see the city as an option for shopping and dining. People want to be able to come in for a few hours without having to pay a lot for parking,” he said.

    “It’s about invigorating retailing in the city and encouraging people to come into the Mall rather than just shopping online. The city also has plenty of culture on offer and cheaper parking will make it possible for everyone to come in and enjoy it.

    “Due to their locations, these car parks are primarily for shoppers and visitors to places like the art gallery and museum. However, there’s still plenty of longer term parking around for those who need it, as well as other transport options.”

    The all day Sunday flat rate and evening rate will continue to be available in other UParks, including Pirie/Flinders and Topham Mall, where a flat rate of $6 is also available Saturdays. Early bird discount fees from Monday to Saturday will remain in UParks throughout the city.

    The Pirie/Flinders, Topham Mall and Frome Street UParks are all within easy walking distance of Rundle Mall, Rundle Street and other food and entertainment areas.

    “Rundle Mall is the retailing heart of Adelaide and those UPark car parks located within immediate proximity to the Mall were established many years ago to support the retail community. This three month trial will do exactly that and I encourage shoppers to support this initiative so that it then becomes a permanent feature,” said Theo Maras, Rundle Mall Management Authority Chairman.

    Tony Gilligan, Director of Peter Shearer said, “Car parking plays a key role in influencing Rundle Mall’s effectiveness as a retail precinct. UPark’s trial offer will undoubtedly drive more customers into the Mall and that can only be beneficial for both the retailers and their customers”.

    Councillor Abiad said that making it easy for people to come into the city would support businesses while increasing vitality and energy in the central areas.

    “This new rate will encourage greater turnover of car parks and enable access to the city for more people, and the benefits of this will flow on to business owners,” he said.

    “People who park for three hours or less will save up to $6 a visit under the trial, so it’s great news for visitors to the city.”

    To find out more about the new rate structure, visit http://upark.com.au/.  

    To give your feedback during the trial of the $6 flat rate, go to www.yoursay.adelaidecitycouncil.com.

    Media contact: Paula Stevens, 8203 7760 or 0427 910 554