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Glasgow parking set to increase in city's busiest street

Parking in Great Western Road, one of Glasgow's busiest streets, is set to become nearly three times more expensive.

Glasgow City Council bosses have confirmed that the price of parking for an hour on the busy street will increase by more than 160 per cent, from 30p an hour to 80p.

The changes, which will take effect from Thursday 2 January, will also see parking charges for 30 minutes double from 10p to 20p, while the hourly parking rate is also set to double in price from £1 an hour to £2.

The city council has defended the increase, despite the city's motorists paying out £8.7 million in on-street parking charges in the last financial year. These figures are steadily increasing, with the council making £8.3 million and £8.5 million from parking charges in 2010/11 and 2011/12, respectively.

A spokesman for the local authority had suggested that this increase will help the council avoid a tax increase. He said: "Parking charges in many areas of Glasgow have not increased for a number of years."

He continued: "All revenue is reinvested in Glasgow's transport network, including maintaining parking infrastructure and enforcing controls."

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