Welcome for change to parking rules outside shops on Putney red route

Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Councillors who lobbied Transport for London chiefs to relax parking rules outside shops on the Upper Richmond Road have welcomed the news that these efforts have paid off.

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Councillors urged TfL chiefs to relax the rules which prevented vehicles from stopping briefly in loading bays to visit shops.

Under the existing rules these loading bays prohibited any vehicle stopping there between 7am to 7pm – except for loading between 10am and 4pm. While this allowed shops to receive deliveries it discouraged passing trade.

But from Monday, March 1 the rules will be relaxed to allow vehicles to park in these bays for 20 minutes between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

The loading bays in question are:

• Outside 199 to 203 Upper Richmond Road - close to its junction with Ravenna Road.
• Outside 282 to 292 Upper Richmond Road, which is roughly midway between the high street and Charlwood Road.

Transport spokesman Cllr John Locker said: “This is great news for the businesses along this stretch of the south circular who will now be able to benefit more from passing trade. It will no doubt prove an important and welcome lifeline for the shops and businesses here as we begin to move out of lockdown.

“I’m delighted that we were able to successfully make the case for these changes and that our appeal to TfL has been positively received.”

Drivers taking advantage of the 20-minute window will not be permitted to return for 40 minutes. The change is being made under an Experimental Variation Traffic Order. For more information call TfL’s contact centre on 0343 222 1234.