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Parking jam fuels call for free spaces
2:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
FRESH calls have been made for a council to drop parking fees after Bicester’s only free car park was swamped by cars.
Motorists were trapped in the new 526-space car park in Bicester town centre’s £70m redevelopment for up to an hour on September 14.
A detector on traffic lights was blamed after queues were left at a standstill.
The problem is believed to have been compounded because vehicles were still allowed into the car park.
Eventually four different people called the police and officers directed traffic from 12.12pm until about 1pm to clear the backlog.
But the problems have reignited calls to Cherwell District Council to change its policy in Bicester and offer two hours’ free parking in line with the Sainsbury’s car park.
A motorist, who did not want to be named, but was stuck on the top deck for an hour, described it as “bedlam”.
The motorist said: “In my opinion it was just pure bad management. On getting out, the PCSOs were there stopping traffic. The fact is, they shouldn’t let cars in when it is full.
A Cherwell council spokesman said: “We continue to monitor their use and no changes are proposed at this time.”
Sainsbury’s said the car park would be monitored, but attendants could only manage traffic inside the car park.
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