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
This consultation has concluded.