Access & Parking


Improving access and parking in the city centre


The vast majority of Europe’s city centres were not designed with the motor vehicles in mind. Although some cities have successfully enabled primarily sustainable access to the city centre, most citizens still depend on cars to travel to the commercial centre. While many cities have detailed parking policies and parking provision, these are not sufficiently integrated or managed, and infractions can quickly become problems that negatively affect the flow of city transport.


    Multiple stakeholders are affected by aspects of access and parking in the centre of  Saint-Quentin. Retailers see traffic gridlock as reducing the attractiveness of city-centre and thus their commercial attractiveness. Citizens report difficulties in entering, driving and finding a parking place in the city centre, and note this is often caused by other drivers failing to abide by parking regulations. Related to this, the traffic police wish to enhance capacity to enforce a variety of parking regulations, including on-road short stay parking, and alternate street side parking.

    Expected Outcomes

    • A GDPR compliant system to check, analyse and predict parking availability;
    • Give car drivers a better information on where to go and park in city-centre (location of parking, availability, other practical information) by using appropriate supports (digital signposts, application,);
    • Provide municipal staff with a management tool to improve their capacity to detect parking violations or inform users;
    • Adapt the traffic plan in order to foster accessibility to city centre by defining more optimised and direct routes.

    Expected Impacts

    • A more user-friendly city-centre with fewer complaints from local stakeholders;

    • Improvement in the capacity to city to attract more people (a more user-friendly city-centre generates more traffic)

    • Increased attractiveness for commercial activities, represented by an increase in development interest and improved revenues;

    • Effective ability to manage traffic flow by directing vehicles to areas with parking availability via an appropriate system;

    • An improved capacity for city staff to control respect of parking regulations and to schedule optimised routes for this purpose, demonstrated by a reduction in traffic offenses related parking regulations that affect city centre traffic flow.