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NCP’s Addenbrookes Hospital car
park in Cambridge is among 50 of the parking provider’s sites across the UK to
be awarded the coveted People’s Parking accreditation due to its first-class facilities.

 

The People’s Parking scheme was
introduced in 2016 by disability rights campaigner and mobility consultant
Helen Dolphin MBE, with the aim of driving up standards in the parking
industry. As a disabled
person, Helen struggled to get into car parks as she couldn’t take a ticket, so
designed an accreditation which would help disabled people find a car park that
met their needs.

 

Helen soon realised there were many other groups of people
who would benefit from being able to find a car park with specific facilities,
such as people driving electric vehicles, or parents with children, so came up
with the idea for People's Parking.

 

In order to qualify for a general People’s
Parking award, a car park must be clean and safely lit, actively managed, have
safe pedestrian access and clear signage and, where designated bays are
provided for different groups of people, this should be enforced. People’s
Parking also highlights those car parks which provide enhanced facilities, such
as access for disabled people, family-friendly bays, charging points for
electric vehicles and no height restrictions.

 

NCP’s Addenbrookes Hospital car
park was awarded People’s Parking accreditation because it provides 64 spaces
for disabled people and larger bays for parents with young children. It also
offers concessionary parking for visitors, outpatients and hospital staff.

 

NCP Managing Director Duncan Bowins
said: “As the UK’s number one car park provider, NCP is committed to
continuously improving our customers’ experience of our sites. We’ve introduced
wider bays in many of our car parks, we provide electric-vehicle-only spaces in
many of our car parks, and we’ve introduced pre-book and pay-by-phone options at
many of our sites.

“To have 50 of our car parks
recognised with People’s Parking accreditation is a fantastic achievement. It
is also testament to the hard work our teams on the ground put in to keep their
sites clean, tidy and welcoming for our customers.”

 





























Helen Dolphin said she had been delighted with the response from
the parking industry. “The fact that NCP have now received 50 accreditations is
amazing – their support has enabled me to launch my scheme to the public. I
hope this will encourage other parking operators to follow their lead in helping
everyone find a car park that meets their needs.” 


Posted on 02 May 2017 at 15:24:21