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An analysis of the city centre car parking market: The supply side point of view.

Ferilli, Guido (2008) An analysis of the city centre car parking market: The supply side point of view. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    Parking plays an important role in mobility, access and the economic development of
    cities; at the same time, it is a profitable business for both the private and public
    sectors. The city centre car parking market is a sector of the economy that has
    increased in importance as the market for cars has grown. Cars have become a
    fundamental element of journey mobility and, in consequence, parking has as well.
    The car-parking sector has always been of great importance in terms of urban
    mobility, since it is a fundamental element in achieving a high level of accessibility in
    the city centres. In fact, many businesses and municipalities see an adequate supply
    of parking, especially for visitors, as crucial for their competitive growth. Yet, at the
    same time parking is, and will remain for most cities, the most powerful means of
    traffic restraint available. The economics of car parking is also important because it
    is, both for public and private organizations, a key source of revenue.

    Despite the importance of the sector, knowledge of the car parking market has been
    until very recently, sparse and limited. This thesis is focused on the car parking
    operator’s point of view, analysing and appraising this industry and the actors
    involved. The related literature investigates the car parking sector analysing the
    variables that influence its behaviour. The literature review also appraises whether
    and how far car parking operators are considered as key transport actors by local and
    national authorities, comparing Italy and the UK. The information collected is used to
    structure an econometric model, using the variables chosen as important and
    simulating the strategic behaviour of the car parking operator in a city centre context.
    The research also deepens the analysis of the car parking sector with a survey of car
    parking operators and policies in some Italian and UK cities. In this way the research
    achieves its aims to contribute to filling the knowledge gap on the city centre car
    parking market, both theoretically and empirically. Theoretically because the
    literature on car parking is very recent and little investigated; empirically, because
    research in this field is also sparse.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Parking; City centre parking; Supply; Role; Increases accessibility; Business growth stimulator; Key revenue source; Econometric model; Strategy simulation; Parking space policy comparison; Italian policies; UK policies;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 330 Economics
    300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
    Item ID: 3050
    Depositing User: Dr. David A. Cumming
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 12:14
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:51
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3050

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