Transport for London (TfL) is consulting Londoners on a proposal to increase parking time from 20 to 30 minutes at 600 Stop and Shop parking bays across the capital.
If these plans are well received, changes to parking on the red route network could be introduced before the end of the year.
It is hoped the changes, which are in line with the recommendations of Mayor Boris Johnson’s Roads Task Force, will help revitalise high streets, provide a boost for small businesses across the capital and provide more flexibility for people who wish to park and shop, pay a bill or run an errand.
The plans would affect around 600 parking bays on TfL’s red route network across London.
The consultation will run in 19 London boroughs until 16 September, after which a final decision on implementing the proposals will be made.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Parking is a big concern for businesses and retailers in London. By extending the length of time that drivers can park at more than 600 locations, we can make it easier for Londoners to shop locally and, crucially, boost trade in our high streets and the economy in the process.”
John Mason, TfL’s director for traffic enforcement, said: “We’re confident that these plans will be welcomed by drivers who shop in their local area but need greater flexibility with parking times; and by retailers who will have a captive audience for longer periods of time.
“If these plans are well received, changes to parking on the red route network could be introduced before the end of the year.”