Richmond Riverside Footpath Consultation

Closed 3 Apr 2020

Opened 11 Mar 2020


The Council is proposing to implement a restricted parking zone on Richmond Riverside between Water Lane and Buccleugh Gardens – you can see the plan here.

Richmond Riverside is considered by many as an idyllic beauty spot. This stretch of towpath is flanked by a series of pocket parks which add to the ‘arcadian’ feel of the area and due to its accessibility and closeness to the town centre it attracts hundreds of visitors every day.  

The restricted zone, which will operate at any time, is being proposed to ensure that the Riverside is kept clear of parked vehicles. In recent years, the Council has received complaints concerning vehicles parked in this area which can be a hazard to pedestrians. The Riverside, being a footpath, is a very busy and popular location with high numbers of pedestrians using the area.

The Council appreciates that there are a number of business and residential properties that require access onto the Riverside solely for the purpose of loading / unloading (including deliveries). Whilst the restricted parking zone will apply at any time, loading / unloading will be permitted. Between Richmond Bridge and up to and including Buccleugh Gardens, this has been permitted between 7am and 10am every day when the Riverside has lower pedestrian flows. Loading / Unloading activity must be continuous and the vehicle must not be left unattended.

If you have been parking on the Riverside between Water Lane and Buccleugh Gardens, you will need to make alternative arrangements to park elsewhere in the area in future. In Richmond Town Centre, there are a number of Pay and Display / Pay by Phone spaces such as in Whittaker Avenue and around Richmond Green. For all day parking,  there are two car parks in the area – the Paradise Road car park and the Old Deer car park.  More information on parking can be found on the Council website or by calling 020 8891 1411.

The Restricted Parking Zone will be implemented by way of an Experimental Traffic Order. Implementing in this way will provide a six-month period of operational experience during which representations can be made to the scheme. Once implemented, any vehicles parked on the Riverside and not observed to be loading / unloading will be liable to incur a penalty charge notice.

The restricted parking zone is provisionally scheduled to come into operation on Monday 26 May 2020.

If you have any comments or concerns about the Restricted Parking Zone, please tell us via the comments form below or by calling 020 8487 5295.

The closing date for comments is Friday 3 April 2020.


  • Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Ward


  • Open to all


  • Richmond Borough