More and more car drivers are using park-and-ride facilities in Hamburg, according to the latest figures published Wednesday (October 12th) by the senate. By late August 2016, 17 of 18 stations had been used more frequently than throughout the entire year 2015. Last year, the use of parking spaces near public transport connections dropped following the introduction of fees. Commenting on the findings, Andreas Rieckhof, State Councillor, said: “Many car drivers were a bit sceptical at first, but have meanwhile noted the equivalent value of the fees and now use the facilities more intensely. This makes our concept even more convincing.”
Car drivers going without vehicles
One of the main objectives of the park-and-ride concept was to boost the switch from cars to public transport on the outskirts of Hamburg and to ease inner city traffic, a senate statement said. Plans are also being laid to close inner-city park-and-ride facilities and to expand the remaining stations. Car drivers on the outskirts of the city are being encouraged to switch to trains. The introduction of fees for using park-and-ride facilities has had a positive effect, the senate said. Many people go entirely without a car and use buses or bicycles to reach a fast train station.
Improved quality of park-and-ride facilities
The fees will go towards improving the quality of park-and-ride facilities, according to the senate. And the first successes are already noticeable as the P+R-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH operating the facilities has incurred fewer losses since 2014 and made them more appealing, safer and efficient.
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