Peak Park to hike up parking fees

The Peak District National Park Authority has announced it is to hike up parking charges across the area.

The authority has warned that, without the increase, conservation, visitor centres and other facilities could be threatened.

Property manager Abi Ball said: “We hope car park users will understand and accept that when buying a parking ticket they are doing their bit to help the national park.

“If we don’t increase our ability to finance essential visitor facilities from car parking charges, the money would have to come from elsewhere, threatening our major purposes such as conservation.”

The average hourly rate for cars and minibuses is to increase by 25 per cent per hour and 40 per cent per four hours.

Charges for cars and minibuses will go up to £1.50 (currently £1.20) for one hour, £3.50 (currently £2.50) for four hours and £4.50 (currently £3.50) for all day. Motorcycle charges will be £1.50 for all day.

Charges for horse–boxes and lorries will increase from £1.50 for one hour to £3.50 for a new two hour charge, and from £6 to £7 for an all–day ticket.

Charges for coaches stay the same at £4 for two hours (to encourage group transport) and blue-badge holders remain free.

Regular users can make savings by buying an annual parking permit. These will go up from £15 to £25 for national park residents and from £30 to £40 for non–residents (£30 for over–60s). Annual permits for single horse–boxes rise from £30 to £40.

The new charges are expected to come into force at the end of the year.