The city will be building underground car parks to prevent cars from parking on pavements and squares. This will make streets friendlier to both residents and tourists.
The Warsaw City Council, during its next session, will allocate PLN 20 million to the construction of city car parks as part of the car park construction programme. The programme will receive a total of PLN 200 million, leading to the construction of about 10 car parks with over 2 thousand spaces over the coming years.
The first potential car park to be constructed will be located in the Wola District at 36/46 Chłodna St. The car park's proposed location will be under the school playing field, which will also be renovated. This car park will accommodate about 225 cars on two levels. The estimated cost of construction is PLN 25 million. The second analysed location is the area between the roadway of W. Rzymowskiego and Orzycka Streets, near the crossing with Gotarda Street.
It will be possible to check parking availability using the Parking Management System, for example using a mobile app. The system will be tracking information about free parking spaces in the unattended paid parking zone, but also at separate city car parks, such as those belonging to the Public Areas Authority. This will help drivers find a free parking spot, reducing the number of cars driving around the city in search of a place to park – according to the Municipal Road Authority, drivers looking for a parking space generate about 30 percent of all traffic in the city centre.
Parked vehicles often occupy public space, which makes it difficult to conduct works in the city's squares and streets. This also hinders efforts to improve pedestrian and cycle traffic conditions and the operation of public transport. The city will be gradually adapting the parking methods and replacing pavement parking with designated stopping places and lay-byes, as well as dedicated car parks. Underground car parks will contribute to this change. They will be located in places with the greatest unmet demand, which will increase the number of parking spaces for residents and release public space to be used for other purposes, e.g. connected with pedestrian and cycle traffic and the development of the social and cultural functions of streets.