An investigation by a national newspaper into the cost of parking at the UK’s most popular seaside resorts has unveiled worrying figures for the coastal day-tripper market.
According to the Sunday People, holidaymakers are being charged up to £25 a day to park when visiting the coast, leading campaigners to warn it could deter families from making the journey.
Great Yarmouth, which attracts 1.2 million visitors a year, was found to be the most expensive resort in the country for all-day parking, at £25.
Next was Brighton at £20 a day, followed by Bournemouth at £15 and Looe in Cornwall, where parking costs £13.
At the cheaper end of the scale, Southend-on-Sea charged £12.50 a day while Blackpool was less than half the price of Great Yarmouth at £12. Weston-super-Mare offered the best value at £8 for the day.
“One has to wonder where the substantial revenue being generated ends up. It will be hard for a motorist to believe £25 for a day’s parking is justified.”
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis told the paper: “These figures suggest anyone planning a trip to the coast should think carefully about where they park.
“While high parking charges might exist in some locations to get visitors on to public transport, many of these resorts are popular with day-trippers, who favour the car for convenience.
“We strongly recommend that drivers shop around and investigate where there are cheaper alternatives for parking.
“One has to wonder where the substantial revenue being generated ends up. It will be hard for a motorist to believe £25 for a day’s parking is justified.
In 2015, councils around the country generated £1.44bn from parking tickets and permits.
Brighton and Hove City Council made £18.6m from parking and fines, the highest figure of any local authority outside London.
The Local Government Association said on-street parking revenue was used to fund parking services, with any surplus is spent on essential transport projects, such as tackling the £12bn roads repair backlog and creating new parking spaces.
A spokesperson for Great Yarmouth Borough Council commented: “While fees are always higher if you park long term in short stay car parks, visitors to Great Yarmouth have the choice to use one of two large seafront long-stay car parks, which are £4.50 for up to four hours and £7 for over four hours. This compares well with other top UK coastal resorts.
“Our Marina Centre car parks cannot be fairly compared against other seafront car parks. Their prices are higher for the general public as they are part of an incentive scheme specifically for users of the Marina Leisure Centre.”