Careful where you park in Westminster – what was a single yellow line on Friday may have become a double yellow today.
Westminster Council are converting 200 streets with dropped kerbs to double yellows, ostensibly to help pedestrians cross more safely and allow better access for emergency vehicles and passenger drop-offs. However, local church leaders say 1,300 parking spaces will be taken away by the move. The Council claims just 132 spaces will be lost. Hmm. In a battle between a council and the CofE/Salvation Army, who do we believe... *taps chin thoughtfully*
Creating safer roads for pedestrians is obviously a good thing, but given Westminster's recent tussles with motorists over evening and weekend parking charges (recently postponed) any changes to the roads will inevitably be eyed with cynicism and suspicion.