Plymouth car parking spaces made bigger after drivers complain they're too small

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Car parking spaces in Plymouth city centre have been made wider - after complaints from drivers that they were too small. Plymouth City Council says the changes should make it easier for people driving bigger cars to get in and out of spaces.

There are now over 430 wider bays across five of the city’s multi storey car parks, with around 370 being created in the last 12 months. The council says it is a "work in progress" and the spaces are being created when resurfacing and other improvement work is carried out.

As to why drivers are finding the spaces too small, the council says the average parking space is 2.4m wide by 4.8m long. The size was standardised in the 1970s when Morris Minors and Ford Escorts were the most popular models with drivers - and these days, it's fair to say cars are a lot longer and wider.

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The council admits the move is "not exactly a key action in our climate change action plan". However it argues that "big cars are not going away any time soon". Many larger vehicles are electric, making them greener and better for the environment.

Where are Plymouth's wider car parking spaces?

So far there are:

  • • 127 Western Approach – with 107 wider spaces on level 5 alone

  • • 63 Regent St – 30 on level 7 and 33 level 8

  • • 84 Theatre Royal – across most floors but level 11 has the most, with 28 spaces

  • • 82 Mayflower East – 40 on level 5 and 42 on level 6

  • • 75 Napier Terrace – 75 on the top level

  • • 55 Colin Campbell Court car park

'People have complained'

Councillor Mark Lowry, cabinet member for finance who is also city centre champion, said: “We’re listening. People have complained that the spaces were too small, so we’re making them bigger. Cars are expensive, repairs are expensive, so anything that helps reduce the likelihood of a prang as they open their door is welcome.”

City centre manager Steve Hughes added: “This is good stuff. Many of us have been there, struggling to get out of the driving seat because it is so tight. We want shoppers and visitors to enjoy their time here in the city centre without worrying about their cars."