City council asked to step up because Westgate’s cheap parking attracts traffic

WESTGATE’s cheap car parking prices might be leading to more traffic jams in the city centre, and there does not appear to be any concrete plan to hike them.

By contrast, Oxford City Council – which runs other car parks around the city centre – does not seem keen on lowering its prices to deter people heading for the shopping centre’s underground parking vault.

The council has been accused of creating a ‘double whammy’ of problems as a result: long traffic jams despite policies to reduce the number of cars on the road, and a loss of income to the council’s own car parks.

Traffic levels in the city centre reduced during lockdown, but the number of cars on roads is rising again as restrictions have eased.

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As the city council met last Monday (October 5), its

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