Commuters Ditch Public Transport

Wed 14th Oct 2020

More people are driving to work than ever before according to research by one of the UK’s biggest parking providers.

Data published by website, YourParkingSpace, has found that they have seen a 28 per cent increase in bookings for London, with many more of their 65,000 registered parking spaces seeing an increase in demand.

While parking spots near major commuter hubs such as train stations have seen a 46 per cent drop since lockdown began, those parking options closer to city centres have seen a 19 per cent rise in September compared to February’s traffic.

Managing director Harrison Woods said: “Where we work, and how we commute to work, has fundamentally changed.

“Historically, train stations are one of our most popular locations, but our research indicates a shift away from these as bookings for empty parking spaces has declined significantly.

“However, this is in stark contrast to empty parking spaces in town and city centre locations, which show a considerable rise in demand, most likely as more people now drive to their workplace.”

Demand for spaces at one of the company’s traditionally most busy spots, Ebbsfleet International Station are down by 56 per cent, but city centre parking is up 96 per cent in Brighton.