Antwerp to make commuters pay for parking in outskirts
The city of Antwerp is going to introduce paying for parking outside the Ring in the outskirts to ‘discourage’ commuters from January 2019 on. With people going to work or visitors to the city leaving their car in the suburbs to take public transport or a shared bicycle to the city centre, people living in the neighbourhood can no longer park their car in their own street.
Official park & rides
“This way we want to tackle the increased parking pressure”, says Antwerp Alderman for Mobility Koen Kennis (N-VA). “Visitors will have to pay or show a parking disk. Residents can get two free parking permits per household.” He hopes the measure will lead the commuters and visitors to the official park and ride zones to continue their way from there.
2,5 euro day ticket
The extended zone includes the outer-ring suburbs from the Sports Palace in Deurne to the Middelheim Park and the Kiel neighbourhood. Different tariff zones will apply. Payment will be due from Monday to Friday from 9 to 19 h at 0,50 euro per hour or 2,5 euro for a day ticket.
Two hours with parking disk
In the neighbourhood of the Sports Palace, Antwerp Expo or the hospitals Middelheim and Sint-Augustinus parked vehicles will have to show a parking disk behind the windscreen with a maximum of two hours allowed. In most shopping areas no day tickets will be available.
‘Employee’s card’ for 54 euro per month
For employees of companies or schools within the extended zone the city will introduce a kind of ’employee’s card’ that will allow to park during working hours. “It’s a kind of monthly or yearly subscription so that they don’t need to buy tickets every day”, Kennis says. Prices will vary from 54 to 76 euro per month.