Parking Crises Update – Peak Time Parking

Image: Cresswell's Lane Car Park

Recently ECDC claimed that ‘central car parks are full on market days’, I was not convinced so decided to visit all the car parks in Ely at a peak time, Saturday at 3pm. As expected the car parks very close to the City Centre were almost full, these being: Brays Lane (Waitrose), Forehill, St. Mary’s Street, Newnham Street, Barton Road car park was 3 quarters full. There was quite a lot of bays free in the Grange (ECDC car park) & Hereward Housings car park within the Barton Road car park. Cresswell’s Lane and Fisherman’s car parks were almost empty, between the 2 of these car parks there are 67 parking bays. Only 20 bays were occupied (and half of those were works vans parked for the weekend) when I visited them at 3pm. Both car parks are, at worst, 10 minutes from the City Centre and a stones throw from the tourist destination of Waterside. I was able to park in all the car parks I visited. Does this prove anything? Not really, just that as stated in my article ‘The Friday Focus: Parking Charges For Ely’, you can find a parking space in Ely relatively easy!

Image: Fisherman's Lane Car Park
4 replies
  1. Karl Bedingfield
    Karl Bedingfield says:

    Maybe if you read the site’s front page you would see the downloadable guides (Car Parks In Ely Map and Ely & Area Car Parking Spaces) in the sidebar titled ‘East Cambs DC Publications’.

  2. Deb Mold
    Deb Mold says:

    Have been trying to find out about the park and ride, with little success. Know where it is, but need to know opening times. The only link I found by searching for Ely parking did not work.

  3. Karl Bedingfield
    Karl Bedingfield says:

    Hi Deb,

    Here is the informatiom from our downloadable PDF: Car Parks In Ely Map (which can be downloaded from our frontpage).

    Ely’s Free Saturday Park & Ride
    Saturdays can be very busy and you may find it difficult to find a parking space – why not try our free park and ride service that runs in Ely every Saturday. Parking is based at the City of Ely Community College in Downham Road with a shuttle bus going to Market Street in the City Centre every 15 minutes.

    The Park and Ride scheme is completely free and runs from 9.30am to 5.00pm every Saturday.



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