The region of Bath & North-East Somerset, Gloucestershire and Cardiff have formed a consortium, looking to include partner authorities in Swansea, Newport, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Cotswolds and West Oxfordshire to BID to make access to parking data simpler.
The consortium recognises that motorists are not constrained by local authority boundaries, but may cross between different areas, many times a week. A map detailing the authorities that form the consortium can be found by clicking here.
In the West of England the distance between destinations is further than in urban areas, and drivers may travel some distance to the next regional centre. To be able to plan for parking choices and be aware of restrictions before setting out could improve the travel and destination experience.
The consortium therefore envisages a Parking Portal for the whole region where data is brought together and opened to make it simpler for people to plan journeys, allowing public and stakeholders to get access to the joined-up data in an open format.
With the addition of machine learning, the project could investigate dynamic pricing and real time availability, both of which have the opportunity to influence driver behaviour.
The consortium, via the Modern Transport and Parking Forum, has made contact with a group of authorities in East Anglia, where a mirror bid is being made (led by the North Essex Parking Partnership with the county authorities of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, supported by the district/borough authorities of the East Anglian Parking Forum). The joint progression of both these bids would promote a wide-area open data trial.
Details of the BID application can be found by clicking here or from the attachment to the right of this page