Staff will pay to park at White City

BBC White City Car park will stay open until building is sublet

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Staff will be charged £4 a day to leave their vehicles in the White City car park from April.

The 200-odd spaces underneath the building will be available on a first-come first-serve basis to all employees whose main base is the Media Village.

Those with 'operational' or 'medical' needs will have to apply for free parking spaces under the Media and Broadcast Centres before April.

This includes people who regularly need to drive their own or BBC lease/hire vehicles to carry out their daily work, as well as blue badge holders, those unable to walk more than 200m and staff who start or finish between 10.45pm and 6.30am.

Senior managers

Senior managers will only be given free parking if they meet the operational or medical criteria.

The changes follow the sale of Television Centre and the subsequent closure of the multi-storey car park in Wood Lane. The BBC says there would be 'insufficient demand' for the 1000 spaces to justify keeping the facility open.

The longer-term future of the White City car park is also uncertain; the BBC is looking to sublet the building, which will be empty by the end of March, and it is likely that any new tenant will claim use of the underground car park.

The £4 pay as you go charge will be used to keep the car park open until such time. Paul Greeves, director of workplace and safety, says it will cover operating costs - the BBC will not make a profit - and is in line with fees at other BBC sites, including Salford, which will also introduce pay parking in April.

No park and ride

Staff based in W1 or Elstree will not be able to park in W12 and catch the shuttle bus to their offices as the terms of the BBC's agreement with Hammersmith and Fulham Council prohibit it. 'The BBC needs to ensure that the car park is not used as a 'park and ride',' confirms Greeves.

Motorcyclists and cyclists can carry on parking for free in the Broadcast Centre and Media Centre car parks, where Greeves hopes to improve changing and shower facilities.

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