The City of London is making adjustments to City-managed parking lots and on-street parking affected by construction conditions to provide the best possible access to local businesses.
To help people traveling downtown, the City has updated its Downtown Parking Guide to reflect changes to Municipal Lots, and to include accessible and electric vehicle parking spaces as well as bike parking options for cyclists.
“Construction will contribute to the success of the downtown well into the future,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “While we complete this important work, we must continue to create options for people who want to eat, work, use services and enjoy what London’s core area has to offer throughout the year.”
With the loss of on-street parking from Wellington Street to Richmond Street for Dundas Place (Phase 2) construction, an alternative was developed to provide more short-term parking options in Municipal Lot 5, located at 185 Queens Avenue.
“We have to make sure the people who choose to drive or cycle downtown have a place to park within walking distance of their destination during construction,” says Garfield Dales, Manager of Transportation, Planning and Design at the City of London. “Doors remain open and sidewalks that lead to all downtown destinations remain clear.”
The updated parking guide will be distributed to local businesses, posted digitally on london.ca and available for pick-up at Tourism London, City Hall and Parking Services Office (824 Dundas Street).
During construction, some on-street parking spaces may be temporarily removed to keep traffic flowing during peak traffic periods throughout downtown. Signs, meters and/or pay and display machines for any on-street parking that is temporarily unavailable will be bagged (covered).
“There is always a place to park when you’re downtown. The best approach is to plan ahead and know your options.” says Annette Drost Manager of Parking Services at the City of London. “We understand it may take time to adjust. Our team will make sure any unusable spots are clearly marked.”
Motorists are reminded to keep an eye out for changes to on-street parking as construction continues. Honk Mobile can be used to identify, locate and pay for parking downtown.
“Things are changing downtown and it’s always a challenge to balance the needs of our crews, downtown residents, our local business community and the travelling public,” says Jim Yanchula, Downtown Projects and Business Relations Manager. “Construction forces us all to work together in new and different ways, but we’re committed to helping make your experience downtown a positive one.”
In addition to City owned parking lots, publicly owned lots are available.
To learn more about downtown construction and get access to parking options, visit london.ca/coreconstruction.