Understanding signs and lines

Red route clearway - don't stop

Stopping is only permitted in marked bays. You must not stop or park your vehicle on this road.

Vehicles are not allowed to stop at any time on our red route clearways (similar to urban clearways). They are operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are not indicated by red lines, except at some roundabouts and junctions.

red bus Double red lines - don't stop

Double red lines

Vehicles are not allowed to stop at any time on double red lines. They operate every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and do not require a time plate (sign).

Single red line - check the sign

Single red lines

Vehicles are allowed to stop on single red lines at certain times of day. There will be a sign located near to the line that will inform you of the times - always read the sign to find out when and for how long.

If you stop on a single red line when permitted, make sure you move your vehicle when your time is up - the signs will tell you when and for how long

Dropping off and picking up

Holders of a valid disabled persons parking permit (Blue Badge) may be set down or picked up.

Find out more about parking with a Blue Badge.

Taxis and some private hire vehicles can stop to drop off and pick up passengers.

Bus stops

As the name suggests these are bays restricted for use by vehicles that are defined as buses - which could include a coach or a minibus. Bus stops and stands on the red route have a double red line or wide red line with yellow lines to outline the box.

Bus stops with a wide red line do not permit taxis and private hire vehicles to stop.

Stopping and parking

You can't stop or park on the parts of the red route with:

  • A wide red line (bus stops) or double red line
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Zigzags
  • A pavement
  • Cycle lanes

Find out more on pedestrian crossings, zigzags and other signs and markings on the Highyway Code website.

Where can you stop or park?

We do let vehicles stop, park and load on the red route where permitted.  

Consider if it is more suitable for you to apply for a parking dispensation or a bay suspension as these options may better suit your needs.

Find out about applying for a dispensation.

Find out more about parking and loading on the red route.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)

We want to deter drivers from breaking the rules. Stopping where it is not permitted can be dangerous. 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.

Find out more about Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).