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Commuters using Whitchurch Train Station are leaving residents frustrated by blocking roads and driveways making it sometimes impassable.

Parking at Greenwoods Whitchurch Train Station

Parking at Greenwoods Whitchurch Train Station

Since the closure of the temporary ‘pay and display’ car park on the 7th June 2017 residents of Greenwoods Whitchurch have found that more and more commumters are taking advantage of the street and parking in a manner that is causing a nuisance to the residents who have to live there.

The highway code Rule 243 in part states “DO NOT stop or park:

  • anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • in front of an entrance to a property

These motorists some of whom travel in each morning from Newbury to use the Station seem to have a total disregard for this and, on more than one occasion residents have returned from a days work to find commuters parked not only on the street but actually in their driveway’s.

Rule 244 of the Highway code also state’s:

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

Something the white van and Range Rover pictured are clearly not familiar with.

Contravention of Rule 244

Contravention of Rule 244

Resident’s have tried complaining to the Local authorities with no luck and are now at their wits end, not only is it a nuisance it is starting to become dangerous. There are many kids living on the estate and its becoming inevitable that an accident will happen happen if nothing is done about it soon.

arking at Greenwoods Whitchurch Train Station

Clearly mark Resident’s Parking

Whitchurch Station does have limited parking, with commuters taking up side street’s where they can and even parking in the layby to the north of Whitchurch on Newbury Raod.

Although it has be discussed by various Authorities and the Tran Operator’s it seem’s we are no closer to a solution, many plans have been rejected by both, The train operators were in fact offered the sale of the temporary car park which would have been on solution but turned it down implying that it was not viable.

Residents are urging that the Council or Local authority do something about the and have considered calling the police to have the vehicle’s removed at the owners expense.