Park and ride on the cards after a chaotic week in the parking lot | New
Fleet barriers are now back to normal operation, Looe City Council said, after more than a week of problems and breakdowns in the city’s main parking lot.
The Cornish Times print this week reported how spirits collapsed over the bank holiday weekend when the Pay on Exit barrier system at Looe’s Millpool car park stopped functioning properly. The problems continued through the half-week, with residents reporting travel times of up to an hour to cross from one side of Looe to the other.
But even when it worked, the parking barrier system run by the Cornwall council had already been criticized for causing queues and adding more delay for those familiar with the already busy holiday traffic. The increase in exhaust fumes is also a result of the stop-start queue, as vehicles wait to enter and leave the Millpool and through town.
The barriers were lifted and parking was free for several days, which, with 900 spaces at the Millpool, will have caused a potential loss of income at Cornwall Council of several thousand pounds.
The city council was initially concerned that the problems would take “days or even weeks” to resolve, but today announced that the barriers and payment machines are back up and functioning normally.
“Customers can contact Cornwall Council administrative support staff (via intercoms) if they have any concerns or issues,” the local council said.
“Cornwall Council will continue to monitor the equipment remotely, and an engineer is on site this morning.”
Looe City Council is in talks with landowners to secure the use of the fields for an incentive parking system, which would be linked to Go Cornwall bus services. Deputy Mayor Edwina Hannaford said that since it is possible to operate such a service for 56 days without a building permit, she hopes it will start in mid-July to cover the most summer vacation period. loaded.
Speaking of the congestion in the city experienced during the half-session week, the city council said: “Drivers don’t know when they start driving in the parking lot, that it is full. This is why we have requested that ‘Millpool Parking Full’ signs be put up at access points into the town.
“In the long term, working with the Cornwall Council team, we have been able to find a number of mobile electronic signs that will be programmed to indicate the number of spaces available and their occupancy. These will be positioned much further from the city, to allow drivers to make earlier decisions on the availability of spaces. “