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Price hikes for the capital over the next few weeks

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The London 2012 Olympics are only a few days away with organisers making the all-important finishing touches to a spectacular event; however costs are continuing to increase for the public.

London has already seen special measures put into place in time for the Olympics. Games lanes on roads and separate terminals at major airports are now being used to help ease the pressure of hosting a worldwide event. Residents in the capital have already been urged to avoid certain routes, allow extra time to get to where they need to be and businesses have also staggered delivery times. 

It has been revealed that the cost of car parking has increased dramatically for the capital with those situated close to busy train stations increasing their tariffs by 40%. The public will see a day’s parking which normally costs £36 increasing to £60. Most of the charges came into force on Monday this week, but for some areas the weekend was the start of the higher costs.

Other cark parks near to venues that will host certain sporting events have increased by 45%, charging the usual £22 to £40 a day. However some have increased their tariff’s by a reasonable £5 which will be welcomed by the public.

Reasoning behind such hikes is that car parks will be able to manage the volume of vehicles that arrive and handle the pressure of operating an efficient service for customers. Extra staff and expansions to car parks have also had to happen to cope with demand over the Olympic period. It is estimated that millions will visit this monumental occasion.

Car parking companies have assured the public that the costs will only be increased during the Olympics and will then drop back down to the usual rates once the Games are over.

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By Amanda Bainbridge