Reviewing yellow lines across Bournemouth

Over time yellow lines in particular roads become redundant creating unnecessary parking restrictions for our residents and businesses. The use of a particular road changes, for example a road that was previously a bus route may no longer be on a direct bus route, or the needs of residents or businesses become different. In some cases it is possible that some occupiers may wish to alter the restrictions in place to allow them freedom to park.

Today we have launched a review of yellow lines across Bournemouth with a view to giving parking back to the motorist. Please can you support this review by spreading the word amongst your constituents, Residents Associations, Social Clubs and Local Forums and encourage those that query the use of yellow lines in their street and neighbourhoods to get in touch with the Council – contact details are in the press release below.

Do you have yellow lines in your road that no longer serve a purpose?

In a bid to give parking back to residents, Bournemouth Council has launched a programme to review Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) where yellow lines are surplus to requirement. As part of the review residents and businesses across Bournemouth are being asked to identify redundant yellow lines in their road.

Yellow lines control where people can park, and play an important role in increasing road safety, reducing traffic congestion, maintaining access for emergency services, and ensuring businesses have access for loading and unloading goods. Bournemouth Borough Council controls where single and double yellow lines are placed which is done through a TRO. Over the years it is possible for the TRO to become redundant meaning unnecessary parking restrictions.

Councillor Michael Filer, Cabinet Member for Transport and Technical Services, said: "This review is about giving parking back to the motorist. Clearly yellow lines play a very important role however over the years the use of a particular road changes, for example a road that was previously a bus route may no longer be on a direct bus route, or the needs of residents or businesses become different. In some cases it is possible that some occupiers may wish to alter the restrictions in place to allow them freedom to park. I would encourage all residents who query the yellow lines in their road to use this opportunity and get in touch with us."

Are there yellow lines in your road that no longer serve a purpose? If so, please email highways@bournemouth.gov.uk or write to the 'Traffic Management Team', Planning and Transport, Town Hall Annexe, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA. Residents are asked to state the location, the extent of the restriction that is suggested be removed together with the reason why they consider the yellow lines are no longer needed. Residents have until 31st October 2011 to send in their suggestions.

In considering suggestions council officers will:

- Determine the original reason for the TRO to see if this is still valid

- Examine the traffic conditions such as road widths and volume of traffic to determine if there is still a need for a TRO in that particular area

If the TRO is no longer needed then the Council will carry out further consultation with ward councillors and will then seek to revoke the TRO and remove the yellow lines. The Council must follow the legal procedure and advertise the proposal to revoke the TRO.

For further comment / interview please contact Julie Munson, Media and Communications Officer on 01202 454668

Timetable for review

September / October 2011 - Suggestions sought from residents and businesses

January 2012 - Legal procedure of publishing formal notice and advertising proposals

Spring / Summer 2012 - line removal phase