Councils relax parking restrictions over holiday period

Christmas Lights Reflected On Car Hoods, Pic: Libreshot

Boroughs around London will be relaxing their parking restrictions to let shoppers prepare for the upcoming festive period. This Christmas and New Year’s, parking will be made easier and less of a hassle.

Croydon council announced this month that all pay and display charges in council-run car parks and on-street bays such as Belgrave Road, Jubilee Bridge Car Park, New Addington Swimming Pool will be free all day on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  

Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport, said: “By making it easier to park in our borough we hope to make the holiday season a little bit better for everyone. 

“Our residents, shoppers and anyone visiting the borough can enjoy these extra allowances but drivers will still need to park considerately, showing consideration for other road users and pedestrians.” 

Parking charges in areas not controlled by the council will still apply and yellow-line, bus land and footway restrictions will still be enforced. 

Parking will go back to normal between 27-30 December and free parking will end on 1 January 2019 at midnight.  

Similarly, Tower Hamlets will have a scheme going on this festive period. From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve and day there will be free parking all over the borough.  

Personalised Disabled Bays and all other restrictions are enforced, including but not limited to all types of yellow lines, dropped curbs and footway parking. 

Hackney council will also have no enforcements placed during Christmas Day and Boxing Day at all council owned car parks. However, enforcement will go on as normal during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, which will be classified as Emirates Stadium event zones. This means that if there’s an event on at the stadium, zones Mand G2 may be operational.  

Drivers should always check zone entry plates for information on event restrictions before parking in these bays such as resident or shared use bays, pay and display bays and motorcycle bays.  

Lewisham council parking enforcements will go ahead as normal. Operating either Mon-Fri or Mon-Sat on all council owned car parks around the borough.

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