Published: 23rd Jul 2019

Free parking has been touted as a solution to ‘save’ ailing high streets, but it could discourage people from using buses and damage air quality in the process, writes Rebecca Reeve-Burnett, sales and operations manager of bus app VAMOOZ at Transdev Blazefield. The face of high street retail may have changed but there will always be a hardcore of shoppers who don’t disappear to do their shopping online. There is also a successful and robust group of retailers who value a customer-facing approach to retail that sits alongside an ever-improving hospitality offer. With councils invariably looking for new ways to support town centres, and the booming growth of Business Improvement Districts (BID) doing the same, some brilliant ideas are being suggested. But some divisive and damaging proposals are creeping in too — and free parking is one of them. A tangible product Retailers won’t save the high street by offering … (To read the full article, subscribe below)