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Union Road Parking Data – June 2021

In the last couple of years, as part of the next stage of the E4 strategic cycle route, Devon County Council have carried out a number of parking surveys along Union Road to identify how the 90 current available spaces are utilised during different times of the day and year.

Surveys were done either side of national lockdowns and also during and outside University term time. The surveys were undertaken at differing times of the day (AM = 7:30-9am, Inter Peak = 12-2pm, PM = after 6pm) to ensure parking in the area was best understood.

Some surveys were more detailed than others, looking at permits and the number plates of vehicles parked on Union Road, helping to identify their registered origin which provides a better understanding of the potential effects of removal of parking space along Union Road as part of the next phase of the E4 cycle route.

In the table below are the results of the 11 surveys with the rows highlighted in grey showing the surveys undertaken outside University term time.

Table 1 – Union Road Parking Survey

Date Total spots occupied AM Total spots occupied IP Total spots occupied PM Utilisation
AM
Utilisation
IP
Utilisation
PM
08/11/2017 52 55 34 58% 61% 38%
02/01/2018 30 27 31 33% 30% 34%
25/01/2018 47 52%
30/06/2020 36 40%
23/09/2020 65 72%
18/05/2021 64 71%
19/05/2021 56 62%
26/05/2021 62 69%
07/06/2021 48 53%
18/06/2021 50 56%

At present Union Road allows parking to permit holders from either Zone S4 or G. Devon County Council further investigated which zones vehicles parking on Union Road belonged to. The table below summarises this data, with the rows highlighted in grey signalling when a survey was undertaken outside of university term time.

Table 2 – Permit allocation of vehicles parked along Union Road

Date Occupied spaces S4 Permit holder G Permit holder Other
25/01/2018 47 12 32 3
23/09/2020 65 17 43 (31*) 5
30/09/2020 64 15 47 (28*) 2
19/05/2020 56 16 37 (28*) 3
26/05/2020 62 18 41 (30*) 3
18/06/2020 50 12 34 4

(*) Based on number plate data, we have determined which of the zone G permit holders parked on Union Road during the survey are registered at properties on Union Road.