CANCELLED Reclaim the kerb: What next for parking in the capital?

This event has already taken place.

Update: We regret to announce that we have cancelled the ‘Reclaim the kerb’ event on Wednesday 18 March due to COVID-19.

It was a difficult decision but nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of Londoners. Now that the World Health Organisation has officially declared a pandemic and cases continue to rise in the UK we are taking every precaution.

We will still be launching the report online and will also be hosting a live Twitter Q&A where Centre for London’s researchers and our expert panel will be answering your questions from 9:00-10:00am on launch day. You can submit questions beforehand or on the day with #FutureofParking.

We’re pleased to confirm that all of our speakers have agreed to take part. Centre for London will be chairing the Q&A and will do our best to ensure your questions are answered.

Submit your questions with #FutureofParking


For a long time, London’s kerbs have been dominated by on-street car parking. But with growing public awareness of climate change and air pollution, many boroughs are reassessing how this valuable public space is used and seeking to reclaim some kerb space for greenery, recreation or other purposes.

Our latest report examines the competing demands on our kerb space. We explore how car owners and non-car owners feel about different kerbside uses and argue that boroughs should put in place kerbside strategies and use parking policies proactively to help reduce reliance on private cars, in line with the Mayor’s transport strategy.

The launch of our latest research will bring together parking experts, transport planners, resident groups and borough representatives to discuss the challenges of parking and kerbside management.

With new analysis of the cost of parking provision and an exclusive survey on Londoners’ attitudes to parking and other kerbside uses, this event will set out an action plan for boroughs to prioritise the needs of people instead of vehicles.

The panellists will also discuss:

  • Who are the winners and losers of existing parking policies?
  • What is the role of new technology in pricing and managing kerbside usage?
  • How can local authorities approach the kerbside more strategically?

Including featured speakers:

Chair: Kate Spiliopoulos, Head of Events, Centre for London
Silviya Barrett,
Head of Policy, Research and Projects, Campaign for Better Transport (Former Research Manager, Centre for London and author of the report)
Mark Frost, Assistant Director Transport, Parking & Environmental Strategy, London Borough of Hounslow
Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Camden, London Borough of Camden
Julian O’Kelly, Head of Technology Innovation and Research, British Parking Association
Josephine Vos, London Plan and Planning Obligations Manager, Transport for London
Joe Wills, Senior Researcher, Centre for London