To tackle traffic congestion and air pollution, Nottingham City Council introduced a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) which placed a modest charge on employers providing 11 or more parking places. It has reinvested the revenue back into sustainable transport including electric buses, trams and a public transport smartcard. This initiative is now, controversially, on the agenda for other UK cities.
So what?There have been several significant benefits to the Nottingham WPL, including a reduction in the number of people driving to work and an increase in the uptake of workplace travel planning. Since launch, Nottingham has invested revenue from the WPL in two new tramlines, the refurbishment of the city train station and in the Linkbus fleet. Nottingham has seen clean public transport improvements enabled to such an extent by WPL funding that the city has no need to implement a clean air zone, unlike other comparable cities in the UK.