Parking means stopping your vehicle within a parking bay or on a single red line when permitted.
Parking bays are an essential part of the red route as they allow parking to be controlled.
Their availability is limited and some are only available during specified periods when their use will not cause any major disruption to our busy road network.
We often limit the amount of time you have to park at popular locations so that others drivers can also use the bay. Occasionally, we are able to provide parking bays that you can use at any time and without a limit on the amount of time you can park. Always check the signs to see when and for how long you can park.
These are not exhaustive lists. Contact us for more information or if you are unsure.
Read the sign to find out when and for how long you can use the parking bay. Our signs are quite distinct from other road signs and generally have two or three parts to inform you of the restrictions and exemptions in place at a particular bay.
If a red route parking bay is marked out by a white dotted line, it generally means that the bay can be used throughout the day. However, there may be a maximum time limit - always check the signs.
If a red route parking bay is marked out by a red dotted line, it indicates that the bay can be used outside peak traffic hours, however, peak traffic hours often vary from area to area and even from road to road. Always check the signs. For example, some bays may only be available during the morning and early afternoon, some may be available only during the late afternoon and in the evening.
Please remember parking is not permitted in all bays - some may be reserved for other activities, for example, loading or disabled parking only.
For other road signs please visit the Highway Code website.
We want to deter all drivers from breaking the rules so that parking bays are used correctly and kept free of parked vehicles when road traffic is busy.
A PCN may be issued to you at the time of contravention by a Civil Enforcement Officer. However, we may also use CCTV cameras to enforce restrictions on the red route and if this is the case you will receive the PCN later by post.