New signs aim to ease congestion

Tuesday 12 February 2013 Updated: 12/02 22:42

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NEW electronic signs aimed at helping motorists quickly find a parking space while easing congestion in Worcester will 'go live' from May.

Work is already underway on the system which will provide up-to-the-minute information on the availability of spaces across some of the city's main car parks.

The signs will be placed on busy main routes into Worcester including London Road, Bath Road, Tallow Hill, Tolladine Road, Rainbow Hill, The Tything, Tybridge Street and Hylton Road.

It is hoped the £250,000 scheme will ease traffic congestion particularly during busy periods by helping direct motorists straight to a parking space rather than having to circle around the city.

Strips are being installed at St Martin's Gate, the Cattle Market, the Cornmarket, Pitchcroft, Copenhagen Street and King Street car parks which will relay the information to the signs.

Coun Simon Geraghty, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: "I'm sure everyone at some time has endured the frustration of driving around trying to find a space to park, particularly at busy times or when visiting a place for the first time. The new system will make it easy to locate the nearest car park which has spaces which is good for those living, working and visiting Worcester."

Work is being carried out during off peak times to minimise disruption to motorists and all of the car parks will remain open as normal during the project.

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