RESIDENTS in Lower Mortlake Road heard double red line parking restrictions were painted on their road by mistake, as Transport for London (TfL) this week owned up to the blunder.
Because TfL manages the road, it uses red lines instead of yellow to indicate parking restrictions. Residents living along the busy road in Richmond were used to the single red line, which means they cannot park there in the day, but earlier this year were shocked to find an extra line had been painted, meaning they were unable to park outside their homes at any time.
Richmond Park MP Susan Kramer said: "It came completely out of the blue – there had no problems with the area at all. The single line suited the road because when it was busy there was not a big demand for parking, and when the road was quieter, that's when people wanted to park outside their homes. We weren't getting anywhere with this so we had to physically go to TfL and demand answers."
Lib Dem London Assembly transport spokeman Caroline Pidgeon tabled a question on Ms Kramer's behalf and received a written response from London Mayor Boris Johnson this week.
He admitted the mistake, saying: "It would appear that some representations may not have been fully considered. Additionally, an error was made, resulting in TfL’s contractors installing double red lines in advance of a decision being made on the necessary traffic orders.
"Consequently, TfL is carrying out a full review of the proposals. All objections to the proposed changes to red route controls on the A205 and A316 in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames will be reconsidered before a decision is made on whether or not to make the traffic orders. Meanwhile, any red lines introduced prematurely and without a valid traffic order will not be enforced."
Ms Kramer said she was delighted. "We always thought this must be a mistake because it made no sense and I'm sure the residents will be very relieved to hear they can park without worrying about being fined!"