15 August 2019
Northampton market square

People are being asked to have their say on the Northamptonshire County Council proposals for changes to on-street parking in Northampton town centre.

The changes aim to better manage the high demand for parking spaces in the most popular town centre parking locations and encourage the use of parking bays which are currently underused.

The proposal is to introduce a higher rate tariff for parking at the busiest and most popular locations, while allowing motorists to park for longer in underutilised bays.

The proposed change from a standard rate, £1.20, to the higher rate tariff of £2.00 in all pay and display bays in:

  • Abington Street
  • George Row
  • Mercers Row
  • St Giles’ Street

A proposed change from two hours maximum stay to a four hour maximum stay:

  • Albion Place – all bays
  • Bridge Street – all bays south of Angel Street
  • Fetter Street – all bays
  • Guildhall Road – all bays south of Angel Street
  • Spencer Parade – all bays

The proposals also aim to reduce congestion and incidents of obstruction from motorists looking for spaces or waiting in the road for spaces to become available.

The public consultation period started on Thursday, 15 August and closes on 27 September 2019.

Cllr Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place said:


“The proposals reflect charging levels consistent with other areas of the country with the tiered amounts similar to many other towns and cities including Milton Keynes.

“The changes would benefit shoppers and local businesses, while also reducing the amount of traffic circulating looking for spaces.”