People pay the most for parking at the station, where until now all-day parking has cost 20 crowns, from January it will be 100 crowns for 24 hours and 60 crowns for 12 hours. A higher price compared to other locations will also be on Karlov náměstí. In other places, an hour will cost 20 crowns, so far it was 12 crowns, and the all-day parking fee, which has not yet been set in most places, will cost 50 crowns. City parking prices were last changed in 2014. Deputy Mayor Michal Najbrt (Změna pro Kolín) told ČTK this today.
“The new system should be simpler and fairer. At individual places where we operate parking in the parking machine mode, for example, it was different whether it was paid or not on weekends, now all places except the railway station will be charged only on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,” said Najbrt. According to him, the new prices should better reflect inflation in particular. “The costs of road repair have increased significantly,” added Najbrt. It will now be possible to pay in just 30 minutes.
The city has parking machines, for example, in the Municipal yard, in Na Pobřeží, Zahradní and Smetanova streets. There are a total of 470 parking spaces, of which 215 are at the station. Next to the station, the price will also be higher for parking on Karlov náměstí, 40 crowns per hour. “The train station, which is also used by people from the surrounding villages, and the square, which is also easily accessible by public transport, are specific locations, which is why the price setting there is different,” added Najbrt.
A barrier will be added to the parking lot at the station, the city is also considering leaving the first half hour free, added Najbrt. In the future, the planned parking garage in Starokolínská street is also to improve the parking possibilities at the railway station. The city is now selecting a contractor for the project in a competition, the four-story building should park over 300 cars.
According to the approved budget, the city expects this year’s budget revenue from parking meters to be 6.5 million crowns. According to Najbrt, it is not yet possible to estimate how much the income to the city coffers will increase after the increase in price, for example due to adjustments in payment on weekends.