As the congestion charging scheme gets under way in London, national parks in England & Wales are considering introducing congestion charging in the next 18 months. At least one is also considering a park and ride scheme.
Each year the Peak District national park receives 22 million visitors and, as a consequence, suffers some of the worst rural congestion in the country. Derbyshire County Council is planning to charge a toll for a major section of the A57 coupled with a park and ride on the outskirts of the park.
If this is a success other national parks will adopt the idea. We will have to wait until 2006 to see whether the proposed South Downs national park, which will surround Brighton & Hove, will introduce any element of congestion charging. Any park and ride schemes for the South Downs would need to be situated near major routes through the park. It would be ironic if the national park authority delivered a new scheme close to the A23/A27 junction - a proposal that has been long demanded by the business community.
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