Driving

Find the best route with our journey planner, and check for live information about traffic and roadworks that might affect your journey.

If you’re interested in using your car a little less (and pocketing the money saved!), check out Choose How You Move Carshare and our information below about car clubs.

Live traffic and roadworks

roads-transport-plansPlanning your car journey in Leicester & Leicestershire? Use this interactive map to get live information about traffic and roadworks along your route. If your planned route looks busy, or if there are roadworks taking place, use our journey planner to help you find an alternative way of making your journey.

Travel news

Leicester’s Area Traffic Control Centre monitors the city and county’s road network 24/7 and provides regular travel updates throughout the day on BBC Radio Leicester 104.9FM & DAB and @ATCLeicester on Twitter. See also BBC Travel.

Parking

We can help you to cut down the time spent looking for a car parking space. Check the locations and charges of the car parks at your destination before you go and take some of the stress out of your journey.

Leicester Park & Ride

Park & RideIf you’re driving into Leicester, why not try one of our Leicester Park & Ride services from Birstall, Enderby or Meynells Gorse?

Take the stress out of your morning rush to work or shopping trip into the city. Instead of negotiating the city traffic, you can sit back and relax on one of our fast, frequent, reliable and free WiFi-enabled buses – leaving you without the stress of finding a parking space, and no worry about when to go and feed a meter if you are taking your time over lunch.

A day ticket costs £3, but if you’re travelling with others, you can slash costs with a £3.50 group saver ticket for up to 5 people travelling in one vehicle (available at all times). Other saver tickets are available.


Parking in Leicester & Leicestershire

Car parks signpostLeicester has more than 8,500 off-street and 1,300 on-street car parking spaces for public use. Multi-storey and surface level car parks are within easy walking distance of the city centre, with its shopping and recreational facilities and on-street parking is conveniently located on many city centre streets.

For information about parking in towns and villages across Leicestershire, please scroll further down.

Car Park Locations in Leicester


Choose a car park location from below for Street View/map. Car parks operated by Leicester City Council are marked with an asterisk (*)

North zone multi-storey (for Haymarket Shopping Centre, St Margaret’s Bus Station and St George’s Cultural Quarter)

South zone multi-storey (for De Montfort University, Newarke Houses Museum, Welford Road Stadium and Leicester Royal Infirmary)

East zone multi-storey (for St George’s Cultural Quarter, Curve, Phoenix, Leicester Train Station, The Y Theatre and New Walk Museum)

West zone multi-storey (for King Richard III Visitor Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre, Cathedral Gardens, Jubilee Square and the Guildhall)

Central zone surface level

Outer zone surface level

On-street parking

Please see the below documents for locations and charges

Motorcycle parking

Free parking for motorcycles is available in the following locations:

Motorcycle parking at other locations will be charged at standard or a reduced rates. Please check upon arrival.

For details about parking enforcement, residents’ parking schemes and other enquiries about parking in the City of Leicester, please visit leicester.gov.uk/parking or call 0116 454 1000.

Parking at railway stations in Leicester & Leicestershire

emt-trainEast Midlands Trains manages pay & display car parks at Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Syston. Find out prices for daily, weekly, monthly and annual car parking tickets, as well as off-peak, evenings and weekends.

For parking at Narborough Station, see Blaby District Council. Limited free parking is available at Bottesford and Sileby stations. There are no car parks at Barrow-upon-Soar and South Wigston stations.

Parking in Leicestershire towns and villages

Ashby, Coalville and Castle Donington areas

Blaby, Narborough and Glenfield areas

Hinckley and Market Bosworth areas

Loughborough and Charnwood villages

Market Harborough and Lutterworth areas

Melton Mowbray area

Oadby, Wigston and South Wigston

For details about parking enforcement and residents’ parking schemes in Leicestershire, please visit Parking in Leicestershire or call Leicestershire County Council on 0116 305 0001. Public car parks are operated by the district and borough councils, whose contact details can be found via the links above.

Blue Badge Scheme

blue-badge-parkingThe Blue Badge scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions to allow disabled people to park close to their destination. The scheme is administered locally by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council and is designed for people who:

  • have severe walking difficulties and travel either as a driver or passenger
  • are registered blind
  • have severe upper limb disabilities and regularly drive a vehicle, but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand.

Badges are issued to people, not vehicles, so you can use it in any vehicle you travel in. Organisations that provide a transport service to disabled people can also apply for a badge.

Road safety

Road safety in Leicester & Leicestershire is one of our top priorities. The city and county councils offer training for cyclists and motorists, and safety advice for people of all ages including:

The government’s THINK! campaign also offers lots of useful road safety information and resources for road users.

Smarter motoring tips

smarter-drivingCars can be expensive to run, but with a little thought there are plenty of ways you can cut costs and save money.

The average driver spends £1,200 per year on fuel. By following our simple tips, you could save up to £350 each year. The most important factor in how much your car costs is you!

Drive more smartly

  • Shift up a gear as soon as possible. Drive economically by avoiding high revs. For petrol and LPG cars, change up a gear before 2,500RPM and for diesel cars, before 2,000RPM. Depress the accelerator gently to drive away and change gear as soon as you can. Be prepared to skip gears to suit your speed and the terrain.
  • Anticipate traffic flow. Look ahead and keep sufficient distance from the vehicle in front to avoid sudden braking. Don’t approach traffic lights at speed. If it is clear that you will have to stop, slow down gently and allow the vehicle to coast if possible.
  • Drive smoothly. Abruptly starting and stopping wastes fuel – accelerate smoothly and brake gently. Heavy braking and pulling away too fast uses 60% more fuel. When you have to slow down or stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in plenty of time.
  • Don’t over-rev the engine. When starting your car you don’t need to press the accelerator hard. When stuck in traffic on a slope, don’t balance on the clutch as it wastes fuel; use the handbrake instead.
  • Don’t sit and wait for the car to warm up. Drive off as soon as possible after starting the engine. A car warms up faster when it is moving.
  • Switch off the engine when you’re stuck in a traffic jam, waiting at slow lights, or parked at the side of the road. Sitting with the engine running in traffic burns fuel ans wastes money. Only switch off when it is safe to do so and don’t coast with the engine switched off – most cars need the engine running for the brakes to work properly.
  • Slow down! Driving at higher speeds significantly increases fuel consumption and increases your risk of having an accident. You gain little time when overtaking and use up lots of fuel in doing so.
  • Turn off your air conditioning. At slower speeds open the window instead and use the vents when driving faster.

Look after your car

Poorly maintained cars use much more fuel costing you much more money.

  • Get your car serviced. Many faults can be fixed by a simple engine tune.
  • Check your tyre pressures regularly. Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 4% and are also dangerous.
  • Take everything out of your car that doesn’t need to be there, especially heavy items.
  • Remove your roof rack when not in use. Roof boxes are more aerodynamic and use less fuel.

Do I really need to make this journey?

One of the best ways to save money on your fuel is to use your car less. Before you grab your keys, ask yourself:

It doesn’t take much to make a real impact. If everyone in Leicester & Leicestershire replaced just one car trip each week with an alternative, it would make a huge difference.

The car you drive

The car you choose to drive can have a huge impact on the amount of fuel you use. When buying a car you should think about:

  • Your lifestyle. What size and type of vehicle do you really need? Consider the distances you typically drive, number of passengers and luggage you will be carrying. A smaller, more fuel efficient car can save you money on fuel and tax will be lower too.
  • Fuel economy. The fuel economy of similar size cars can vary by as much as 45%. Find car fuel consumption, CO2 and tax costs for new and used cars.
  • The age of the car. Most cars built before 1991 don’t have catalytic converters and can pollute more than 10 times as much as a newer car. Many, but not all, newer cars have better consumption.
  • Look for the efficiency label on new cars and use it to help you buy a low consumption car. If you can’t see it, ask the dealer.
  • Consider alternatives to petrol / diesel cars. LPG, electric and hybrid cars are becoming more common these days. Go Ultra Low is a ground-breaking joint government and industry campaign which aims to increase purchase consideration of electric vehicles by helping motorists and fleets understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the wide range of electric vehicles on the market.

Useful links, including grants:

Car sharing

If you’ve been thinking about ways to cut down on your car use, you may want to think about car sharing for some of your regular journeys. All this means is that you link up with someone who is making a similar journey to you, and you share the journey in one car – meaning that fuel and parking costs are shared too. It doesn’t mean sharing ownership of your car!welcome3-768

Visit choosehowyoumove.co.uk/carshare to find someone travelling your way. It’s free, it will save you money and you might just make a new friend!

CHYM_Logo_Carshare_Colour_smallChoose How You Move Carshare is powered by Liftshare.com, the UK’s largest car share community, enabling you to search for car sharing opportunities in Leicester, Leicestershire and the rest of the UK.

The city and county councils also offer local businesses and community groups the opportunity to set up a FREE private Liftshare scheme for their employees, which can be accessed through Choose How You Move Carshare. Please contact us for more details.

Why car share?

We know that some journeys have to be made by car, but why not see if someone else is going your way? Getting started on your car share is easy, and you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits.

  • It’s social. Sharing a journey means a chat and a laugh with your car share partner or partners along the way. As you get to know each other better you might find that you have a whole new group of friends – that might make a Monday morning commute slightly easier!
  • It’s easy. Once you’ve linked up with your car share partner or group, you can set out the arrangements that will make it work for you. If you’ve got a routine that means you need to use your own car on a particular day it’s not a problem, just work it out with your car share partner.
  • It’ll save you money. Joining up with others going the same way means you share the costs of driving. Sharing a 20 mile commute could save you around £1,300 every year!  Find out how much you could save with our savings calculator.
  • Cleaner air and fewer jams. More shared journeys means fewer cars on the road – that means cleaner air, shorter queues and a less stressful journey. If half of UK motorists received a lift on just one day a week, congestion and pollution would be reduced by 10%, and traffic jams by 20%.

Find out more about the benefits of car sharing at Choose How You Move Carshare.

Car sharing savings

You’d be surprised at how much you could save by sharing a few regular journey with one or more car share partners. Use our savings calculator to find out how much money you could save each year.

How to get started with car sharing

Getting started is really simple:

  • Log a journey and search for other car sharers going your way
  • Find a match and start sharing

You can join the Leicester & Leicestershire public group, or if your workplace or community has its own private group, you can join that and share your journey details and search for colleagues within your organisation only.

All communication is made by users through the website’s messaging system, or you can optionally provide a contact telephone number against your listing. You will be automatically notified by e-mail whenever anyone views your contact number. You are not obliged to agree to a car share request.

Further advice and contact information

For expert advice on introducing car sharing to your organisation, please contact us:

Leicester city – choosehowyoumove@leicester.gov.uk or call 0116 454 2813.
Leicestershire county – choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 7786.

Car clubs

Car clubs are a great alternative to owning a car, suitable for people who only need to use a car occasionally – for example, when visiting friends and relatives at the weekend, or for trips where you need to pick up or drop off something bulky.

Car clubs provide members with access to a vehicle on a pay-as-you-go basis, without the hassle (or cost!) of servicing, repairs, insurance and car tax payments.

Two car clubs operate in Leicester City and are organised on a community basis.

The Rusty Vehicle Sharing Group is based in Highfields and the Woodgate Car Club is based in the Woodgate area of the city. Take a look at their websites for more information about how each club works and how to become a member.

These car clubs are independently run by members and the City Council is not linked with them in any way.

Electric vehicle charging points

There are a growing number of electric vehicle charging points across the country in public car parks, at workplaces and car dealerships.

Electric vehicle owners can now leave their car on charge whist taking the bus into Leicester from any of our three park & ride sites (Birstall, Enderby, Meynell’s Gorse). Find out more.

The map below will help you find your nearest electric vehicle charging point, including details of any registration requirements / usage limitations.

If the map below fails to load, please see the text-only version.

© Open Charge Map and contributors (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Winter driving and gritting

winter-drivingWhen the temperatures start to fall we work 24/7 to monitor the roads and our fleet of gritters are sent out day and night when conditions dictate. Although public finances are stretched, we are committed to gritting our routes to help keep the city and county moving.

Unfortunately we are unable to grit every road. During very severe weather all of our resources are out ensuring that the priority routes are as clear as possible.

We also provide a network of salt (grit) bins to enable residents to treat roads, footways and known trouble spots, for example road junctions, or roads with steep gradients. The grit is not for use on private driveways and property.

For winter road safety advice and more about gritting operations and salt bins, see:

Travel news

Leicester’s Area Traffic Control Centre monitors the city and county’s road network 24/7 and provides regular travel updates throughout the day on BBC Radio Leicester 104.9FM & DAB and @ATCLeicester on Twitter. See also BBC Travel.