‘Parking in Amsterdam will cost 7,5 euro per hour’
Parking in the city centre of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) will become significantly more expensive as from April 2019, as was announced by the city’s authorities. Parking in the city centre will cost 7,5 euro per hour, today it is 5 euro. It’s the first time since 2009 that prices are going up.
Parking just outside the city will be made almost as expensive, 6 euro to be specific, to avoid the so-called ‘waterbed effect’ of people not wanting to pay the high prices in the city and leaving their car behind some streets further.
“These are substantial prince increases and not everybody will be happy with them”, says Alderwoman, Sharon Dijksma, “but they’re necessary to keep the city livable and accessible and to provide more space for bike-riders, pedestrians and greenery. The extra parking money will be used to improve the city’s infrastructure and public space.”
In other European cities, like in Antwerp or Ghent, both in Belgium, where parking tariffs are relatively cheap, traffic experts already indicated that a city is unable to have any impact at all on people’s traffic behaviour or mobility.
400 million euro
The city will put a great effort in promoting alternative transport and the coming years it will invest 400 million euro in new trams, the subway and buses with zero emissions, and in the infrastructure for public transport as well.
Local authorities have noticed that the park and ride zones just outside the city are becoming more and more popular, since people using public transport can park all day long for only one euro. Next year the city will announce more measures to make the city even more low-traffic.