10 Mar 2018

Yet another Norwich City Parking website

The fine people of Norwich probably don't need yet another web page that displays live parking space data for all the major car parks in the City.

I had always been half interested in putting up my own page that does exactly this. But there were so many others that were doing a good enough job that I never bothered to get around to it.  I think the original page that I (and my mother-in-law) were routinely using was on the ihop2.info domain (or something). But then this disappeared and I had to find a substitute. The search for a replacement did just enough to peak my interest in where the parking data actually comes from (It's an xml feed from data.gov.uk that's updated every 5 mins, probably the same data that's used to put the parking data up on the boards in the city?). Once I knew this, I just had to put my own offering together. So yes, there is now yet another web page that displays live parking data for Norwich City car parks, courtesy of me (it's a pleasure).

I put it up because I can, but also because I wanted to fine tune the way that the parking data is displayed to be more useful to me. So my site places an emphasis on the number of parking spaces that are actually free in each car park and doesn't clutter the display with total capacity or other unnecessary information. I have also included sorting functionality so that the car park with the most free spaces displays towards the top of the lists (park and ride data is included as well). I have also included a comparison of current car park capacity versus the previous data received. This enables me to determine how busy the car parks currently are - So I have added a note when a car park is filling up. I have also included maps for each car park and recent activity so that you can see how many cars have left a car park since the data was last updated which adds some interest and a good sense of what's actually going on in the City I think.

In addition to car park data I also display the date and time of the next home game for the Canaries at Carrow Road (Yellows!). This notice serves as support and a warning that the City will probably get busier around the time that the match is played.

Anyway, please check it out if you are interested and tell your friends about it too if you find it helpul: norwichcityparking.co.uk