Update as of 19/05/2020
We have made a number of changes to how we manage parking and travel across Camden. This is to provide key workers in critical sectors with what they need to keep essential services running smoothly. We are following government advice on key workers in critical sectors.
We’ve provided over 7,800 free parking spaces. This is to essential workers, including doctors, nurses and emergency services to help tackle the coronavirus emergency.
Any essential worker seeking permission to park on-street in the Borough can make a request through this form. Your request will then be assessed and parking provided where available. Off-street spaces, on Council Estates, schools and private parking areas, are also being investigated as part of this offer, where available.
We are also working closely with each of the NHS trusts in Camden to identify their need for extra parking and provide what we can to meet that need. NHS staff can also park for free at NCP locations, please contact NCP directly. In addition, there are schemes from other parking providers that are offering free parking for NHS staff, including 'your parking space' and 'just park'.
We are also:
- Putting in place parking arrangements for emergency services that are based in the borough that meet any extra needs that they may have.
- Providing parking to all schoolteachers working in the borough where their school has indicated that such parking is a requirement for teachers.
- Closely monitoring all parking suspensions that are booked to make sure that we can keep as much space free for our essential worker provision, as well as providing space for social distancing where it is a concern.
- Our Civil Enforcement Officers will continue to patrol the streets, but will be providing a marshalling service to support and direct those that have been provided with free parking across the borough, these officers are critical to the provision of parking we are providing for essential workers and we therefore ask that they receive your support whilst they are carrying out this valuable role.
- We will not be removing vehicles during this period but where we find dangerous or obstructively parked vehicles we will seek to relocate them to safer places on the highway.
As this situation changes, we will continue to develop our parking offer so that it best meets the needs of those services that are working so hard under extremely challenging conditions.
People who live within walking / cycling distance of work
Everyone who has the ability to walk or cycle are encouraged to consider doing so to ease pressure on parking demand and to help keep physically active. This should be done in line with the current government guidance.
The current government advice also means that bike shops are allowed to open, please check directly with your local bike shop to see if it is open.
We appreciate that not everyone may have access to a bike. Therefore, we would like to highlight that dockless bike hire operators Beryl Bikes and Ebike supplier Fully Chargers are offering a free extended personals loan of one of their bikes to help any key worker who needs to get about. Please contact Beryl or Fully Charged directly.
If you are NHS staff we have compiled the below that may be of interest to you:
- Transport for London (TFl) has announced it will give a code to NHS workers that waives the 24 hour access fee for Santander Cycles, meaning any journey under 30 minutes is free. In addition to free access, docking stations near hospitals are being prioritised to ensure there is a regular supply of bikes for medical staff to use.
- Brompton has offered free trials of their bike sharing scheme to NHS staff.
- JUMP dockless cycle hire bikes are free for NHS staff and they are making sure bikes are near NHS locations.
- The London Cycling Campaign have put together some top tips for cycling during the Coronavirus crisis. They are also offering free membership to NHS staff for an initial period of three months. Membership enables access to a range of benefits, including free liability insurance, regular cycling news and information, free legal advice and a whole load of cycling discounts.
Discounted Taxi fares for NHS staff
- The black cab app, FreeNow is offering 50% off cabs for all NHS staff in order to ensure that those on the front line can get to and from hospitals safely and quickly
- The black cap app, Gett is offering a £10 flat fare for NHS staff
- Uber have also launched a free ride service for NHS staff.
TFL are running public transport services and this is an option available for key workers in critical sectors, please follow government advice on social distancing when traveling on public transport.