The National Archives, Kew. New car parking rules

Discussion in 'General' started by Peter Clare, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Thought I'd post this for the members who visit Kew.

    Car park charging and booking system from Tuesday 27 April | The National Archives


    Car park charging and booking system from Tuesday 27 April

    The National Archives has outlined the details of the car parking charges which were announced and consulted upon last year as part of our plan to make £4.2m of savings in 2010.
    In the past, the car park has been free for visitors. However, it was decided to introduce charges because of the need to recover the maintenance and operational costs of providing a car park.
    From Tuesday 27 April, we are introducing a system which will require visitors who would like to park in the car park to book and pre-pay for a parking space, via a dedicated telephone line or website. On site parking at The National Archives is limited, and this system will ensure that no-one will drive to the site only to find that the car park is full.
    There will be flat-rate charge of £5 per day. Annual pre-pay tickets, offering a substantial discount, will also be available. Visitors who drive to The National Archives without having booked and paid for a space will not be able to access the car park.


    For full details, please read our car parking FAQs (PDF, 0.07Mb)


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  2. Swiper

    Swiper Resident Sospan

    WHAT! I can't believe it - well I can, yet again restricting access and slamming those of us with less cash to do research.

    This is just unacceptable for an archive thats meant to be open to the Nation, reducing opening times and charging foolish amounts for parking. Disgusting.
     
  3. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Don't forget those of us who already have substantial travelling expenses just to get as far as the Car Park.

    Last year when a £100s worth of Paint was taken from my Car Bumper there was nothing showing on the Security system.
    The same day another car was broken into with the same negative results.
    So what are we going to be paying for.
     
  4. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    I went there twice in a matter of week last
    week and both times they were advising that
    the barriers to the carpark were broken and
    that these charges maybe delayed, but I bet
    they will be working come the 27th April deadline.
    Having worked in and around London for some
    years I think £5.00 for all day is not bad. The
    introduction of any type of charge is always
    going to cause anger amongst people, but I for
    one would rather be charged £5.00 for the
    day and have a parking space than travelling
    some 100 something miles not have a parking
    space, park off site and have my car towed
    away :mellow:. I can see both sides of the coin
    and £5.00 to someone drawing a pension or
    on limited funds, well its not on. I guess with
    all the extra money they will draw in from charging
    for parking, they will be able to get extra staff
    in the copying room so that I can read the
    diaries that are back logged in there :D.
     
  5. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    I hope so then e get our copies quicker, it the same anywhere, making money with lesser details for the visitors
     
  6. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    Doesn't the nearby shopping centre have all day free parking?

    Steve W.
     
  7. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    I would be careful on that one because when
    I took the wrong turning and ended up in
    the retail park they had parking supervisors
    at the enterance of each shopping complex.
    You'll probably find that you get something like
    2 hours free as long as you can show a reciept :huh:.
     
  8. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    I guess the duck pond is more important and less maintenance than the car park that used to be there!

    Are they charging for camera use yet?
     
  9. GPRegt

    GPRegt Senior Member

    I would be careful on that one because when
    I took the wrong turning and ended up in
    the retail park they had parking supervisors
    at the enterance of each shopping complex.
    You'll probably find that you get something like
    2 hours free as long as you can show a reciept :huh:.

    Thanks, Kieron - good advice.

    Steve W.
     

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