Review of KA Controlled Parking Zone

Closes 26 Aug 2020

Opened 28 Jul 2020

Overview

You are probably aware that all parking spaces along the west side of Kew Road between Lion Gate Gardens and Kew Gardens Road have been suspended to extend the operational times of the existing northbound cycle lane from 8am to 10am to ‘at any time’. Previously, this section of Kew Road was used primarily for the parking of cars and coaches by those visiting Kew Gardens.

The extension of the cycle lane operational times is in response to the Government’s call for urgent action to help offset the reduction in public transport arising from the need to support social distancing.  The Government believes that this should be achieved first and foremost through encouraging more walking and cycling.   The Council will shortly be formalising this through the implementation of an experimental traffic/cycle scheme in Kew Road with a view to a more permanent arrangement in the future. This will mean that the currently suspended parking spaces in Kew Road will not be reinstated.

Both Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) in this area, KA and KB, operate Monday to Friday 10am to Noon.  These hours were originally designated to prevent parking by all day commuters, including those parking at Kew Gardens Station to continue their journey to work into London.   Outside these hours, that is, from Noon each day and at any time during the weekends, parking is free and unlimited. A plan of KA and KB parking zones can be seen here.

With the suspension of parking spaces in Kew Road, and as the level of Kew Gardens’ visitor numbers return to normal levels in the coming months, parking displacement is expected in this area, particularly to the side roads immediately off Kew Road.   This is likely to result in a considerable reduction in available parking, with residents, their visitors and businesses most affected.

To ensure that the CPZ continues to provide parking for the community, the Council feels that the days/hours of operation need to be increased in the near future, at least in those roads nearest to Kew Road.  An increase in the CPZ’s days/hours of operation would be implemented on a trial basis (Experimental Traffic Orders) and reviewed after six months of operation.

Parking proposals

The Council does not usually express a view during consultations about how parking controls should operate. However, taking these exceptional circumstances into account,  the following two options have been developed:

Option 1: Extend the CPZ days/hours of operation to Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) Noon to 4pm (4 hours)

These new operational days/hours are aimed at the busiest part of the day for parking, particularly by visitors to Kew Gardens.  This modification would mean that the level of parking permit charges remains on Tier 1 (2 – 4 hour CPZ).

Option 2: Extend the CPZ days/hours of operation to Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10am to 4.30pm (6.5 hours)

These new operational days/hours are aimed at providing a slightly higher level of parking protection for the community including visitors to Kew Gardens.  This modification would mean that the level of parking permit charges would rise to Tier 2 (6.5 hour CPZ) in the future. The questionnaire contains options for days and hours of operation, including evening controls until 10pm, should residents feel that a higher level of parking protection would be required. However, should any increase in the CPZ days/hours of operation be implemented, the Council will retain the parking permit charges at Tier 1 for the duration of the experimental period, that is for at least 18 months.

OTHER OPTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS

Event day Zone

An option to apply the parking controls when there are major events on in the area outside the schemes’ operational hours, particularly those at Kew Gardens and Brentford Football Club (Event day zone).  This is an alternative to simply extending the days/hours each day into, say, the evenings throughout the year. An information sheet about KA and KB zones can be viewed here.

P&D Zones

Should the decision be made to modify the CPZ days/hours of operation in part or all of Zones KA and KB, consideration will be given to amending the hours of operation of the existing Pay and Display Zones (Station Approach/Station Parade, Sandycombe Road, North Road) so that they too operate every day.  Further discussions will be held with the affected businesses on these schemes. 

Coach parking

The Council is in discussion with Kew Gardens concerning the future arrangements for coaches given that they are no longer able to park in Kew Road.  These include the consideration of coach ‘drop off' & 'pick up’ areas outside Elizabeth Gate at Kew Green and parking arrangements away from the area. Restrictions to prohibit coaches from entering the residential roads off Kew Road are also being considered.

Parking bays in place across driveways / dropped kerbs

When these CPZs were implemented, a pilot scheme was introduced continuing most parking bays across driveways / dropped kerbs instead of the traditional yellow line.   This has provided the facility for residents and their visitors to park in front of their driveways / dropped kerbs at any time, including during the operational days/hours of the CPZ, provided a valid permit was on display.  However, there have been operational difficulties with some of these ‘bays’,  including complaints from residents about regular unauthorised parking (by parties not associated with the resident) which has caused access issues. Consequently, the Council no longer continues parking bays across driveways / dropped kerbs.

The regulations now allow the Council to remove these ‘bay’ markings but retain the same arrangements as before, i.e. the facility for residents and their visitors to park in front of their driveways at any time, including during the operational days/hours of the CPZ, provided a valid permit is on display. This is now the only option available for those who wish to retain the ability to park in front of their dropped kerbs. For those who do not, and would prefer to remove any ambiguity over who can park in front of their dropped kerb, the clearest deterrent to unauthorised drivers would be to mark a yellow line. 

Please tick this option on the questionnaire / online survey as appropriate.  Any decision to apply this change would be done experimentally and reviewed at a later date. Please also note that parking is not permitted in front of entrances accessing multi-occupancy dwellings, even when a valid permit is on display.

An information sheet about KA and KB zones can be viewed here, with details about resident and business permits costs, other measures related to CPZs and a glossary of CPZ terms to aid with questionnaire completion.

Consultation

As we consult you on the above two options, we would also like to hear any other views you may have on how the CPZ can be improved in terms of efficiency and operation. The Council will consider any minor amendments to the layout in the CPZ as part of this consultation.

We are also conducting separate consultations on (1) the possibility of implementing a new CPZ in the area around Kew Green and (2) in the remaining uncontrolled roads in the Chilton Road / Niton Road area (outside Zone KB) to see if residents / businesses there would wish to join the zone. A plan of these zones can be seen here.

Have your say

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below. If you would like a hard copy of the questionnaire, please contact 020 8891 1411 and this will be posted out to you along with a pre-paid envelope for your response.

Closing date for online or paper consultation responses and/or e-mails is Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Should you wish to make any additional comments, including support for alternative times / arrangements, you may do so by emailing KAKBKewReview@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 

What happens next

All feedback will be considered along with relevant traffic management and other highway factors, prior to a decision being made on the way forward.

Further information

Further information, including details of the other consultations being carried out in Kew, how a CPZ works, all parking charges and the decision-making process, is available on the Council’s website (links below).  Alternatively, this information can be obtained by calling the Customer Service Centre on 020 8891 1411 and asking for the Parking Policy Team.

www.richmond.gov.uk/controlled_parking_zones

https://www.richmond.gov.uk/kew_cpz_review

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Kew Ward

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • Landlords

Interests

  • Richmond Borough