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Wolverhampton tops list of least expensive places to park in the UK

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 02/01/2021 Nicole Conner For Mailonline
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Wolverhampton has been crowned UK’s cheapest city to park in, with daily prices as little as £1.50 - with London parking nearly 3000% more expensive.

Figures released by Zuto, the car finance company, have shown the cheapest and most expensive daily rates in 40 cities across the UK. 

Wolverhampton was revealed to be the cheapest city to park your car in, with an average daily rate of just £1.90. 

diagram: Figures released by Zuto, the car finance company, have shown the cheapest and most expensive daily rates in 40 cities across the UK, with London being most expensive © Provided by Daily Mail Figures released by Zuto, the car finance company, have shown the cheapest and most expensive daily rates in 40 cities across the UK, with London being most expensive a sign on the side of a road: Wolverhampton was found to be the cheapest city to park in and has the UK's cheapest car park, with prices at Dudley Road car park on Bell Place © Provided by Daily Mail Wolverhampton was found to be the cheapest city to park in and has the UK's cheapest car park, with prices at Dudley Road car park on Bell Place

This was compared to the city of London, which was ranked as the most expensive place to park your car.

The cost for parking in the capital for eight to ten hours was £53.80 on average - nearly 3000% more expensive than Wolverhampton. 

Wolverhampton also has the UK's cheapest car park, with prices at Dudley Road car park on Bell Place costing £1.50 for the entire day.

This was the same price as Bradford's Capital Street car park and Greenlough Road in Lichfield, Staffordshire. 

In comparison, drivers will be charged an astonishing £135.00 to park all day at Liverpool Lime Street's short stay car park, making it the most expensive in the UK.    

a car parked in front of a building: In comparison, drivers will be charged an astonishing £135.00 to park all day at Liverpool Lime Street's short stay car park, making it the most expensive in the UK © Provided by Daily Mail In comparison, drivers will be charged an astonishing £135.00 to park all day at Liverpool Lime Street's short stay car park, making it the most expensive in the UK

For electric cars, it was found that Wakefield was the cheapest city to park in, with the average daily rate being £2.50.

This comes as the government plans to spend £1billion for a nationwide network of charging stations as it pushes for greater uptake of zero-emission vehicles. 

Figures from Zap-Map show that there are 13058 locations across the UK with charging points installed.  

Despite their cheap car parking prices, Wolverhampton ranks number 47 out of 50 for the number of charging points per electric vehicle. 

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council's cabinet member for city environment, said: 'We have plans to facilitate installation of considerably more charging points across the city over the next 10 years as per the Black Country Ultra Low Electric Vehicle Strategy. 

'This will include installation across our car parks to support public charging, as well as on-street residential charging to support electric vehicle uptake in areas without dedicated off-street parking.' 

Bristol topped the rankings with each electric car charging point only needing to serve 23 vehicles.

a car parked in a parking lot: Some zero-emission vehicles have to be driven for almost 50,000 miles before they are as 'green' as cars powered by fossil fuels (file photo) © Provided by Daily Mail Some zero-emission vehicles have to be driven for almost 50,000 miles before they are as 'green' as cars powered by fossil fuels (file photo)

There are 140 public charging points for the 3,200 registered electric cars around the city. 

Milton Keynes and Dundee were also top of the list, with each charging point needing to serve 23.4 and 28 electric vehicles.   

Stoke-on-Trent were rated worst for the number of charging points per electric vehicle.

The city has a higher number of registered vehicles than the top 5 cities on the list, at a huge 343055, but only 32 charging points. 

This means there would be 10720 drivers per charger.   

Although scoring relatively low on the drivers per charger list, Wakefield was found to be the cheapest city to park in for an electric vehicle, with an average daily rate of £2.50.      

a car parked on the side of a building: But the Climate Change Committee says that to meet 'ambitious' plans to cut emissions by 68 per cent from 1990 levels by then, 46 per cent of the UK 'car fleet' must already have electric motors. © Provided by Daily Mail But the Climate Change Committee says that to meet 'ambitious' plans to cut emissions by 68 per cent from 1990 levels by then, 46 per cent of the UK 'car fleet' must already have electric motors.

A Parkopedia spokesperson said it was for local council to 'determine the price charges to park'.

He said: 'It is typically set based on a number of factors, including the cost to manage, demand or it could be influenced by local transport policies of green/sustainable initiatives also. 

Most councils will have to publish an annual report around parking that highlights where the parking income goes.' 

He added: 'There is also a separation between the charges that a council will apply and what a private operator may charge with one price level potentially influencing the other.'          

CHEAPEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES TO PARK IN THE UK PER DAY  

Cheapest:  

1. Wolverhampton - £1.90

2. Bradford - £2.04

3. Kingston upon Hull - £2.36

4. Wakefield - £2.70

5. Carlisle - £2.92

6. Preston - £2.92

7. Lichfield - £3.20

8. Derby - £3.30

9. Worcester - £3.50

10. Exeter - £3.90

 

Most expensive:

1. City of London - £53.80

2. Liverpool - £42.64

3. Brighton and Hove - £29.00

4. Manchester - £28.00

5. Birmingham - £26.20

6. Leeds - £25.20

7. Bristol - £25.16

8. York - £22.64

9. Leicester - £21.24

10. Sheffield - £19.86

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