We’re asking people in Brighton & Hove about our plans to install Red Routes in two areas of the city.
As part of our work to tackle anti-social parking and to keep traffic in the city moving, we’re going to be introducing Red Routes along parts of the A23 (London Road and Preston Road), and Lewes Road.
Introducing Red Routes involves changing the current parking restrictions from double yellow lines to double red lines. This gives us greater powers to enforce parking restrictions, by camera and Civil Enforcement Officers (traffic wardens).
We’re now asking for people’s views on the scheme which is scheduled to begin next spring.
Read more, see the plans and fill in a questionnaire by Sunday 17 September.
or contact us for a paper copy on 01273 295890.
Information leaflets about the plans have also been sent to residents in the areas around the Red Routes.
Picture: Vehicle parked on double yellow line
Why a Red Route?
Red Routes are already in place in many parts of the country and help to keep traffic moving in busy areas. They can:
- improve safety of pedestrians by preventing anti-social parking
- cyclists will no longer need to manoeuvre around vehicles parked in cycle lanes or on double lines
- improve safety for people using buses - with vehicles no longer parking in bus stops, it will be safer to board and alight
- drivers will no longer have to pull out to pass cars parked anti-socially
- improve journey times and help reduce air pollution by keeping traffic moving
At the moment, when someone parks on double yellow lines, one of our Civil Enforcement Officers has to be on site to issue them with a fine, also called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
By introducing a Red Route, we would have the legal powers to issue PCNs using CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. This would be in addition to enforcement by our Civil Enforcement Officers.
Parking and loading
The switch to Red Routes is so that we can better enforce the parking restrictions already in place.
Timing restrictions of loading and disabled parking bays will remain as they are now and will be shown on signage.
Tackling anti-social parking
Councillor Trevor Muten, Chair of the Transport and Sustainability committee, said: “Red Routes are a practical solution that can help to prevent the anti-social parking that puts safety at risk and creates congestion.
“These changes will give us greater powers to enforce the restrictions that are already there, but we want to hear what residents and businesses along both routes have to say.
“We’ll be sure to take the views of everyone who comments on board so I’d urge as many people as possible to respond over the next eight weeks.”