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Have you received a ‘fine’ for driving through Bristol Parkway?

Posted on Saturday 16th February 2019 at 7:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Composite image showing a photo of a 'No through road' sign superimposed on a photo of Bristol Parkway Station.

Are you sure it’s not just a parking charge notice (PCN) that may have been issued in error?

Motorists who have recently received ‘fines’ in the post for what they have assumed is an ‘offence’ of using Bristol Parkway Station as a through road or ‘cut through’ are urged to double-check their notification letter to see if they have instead been wrongly accused of a parking violation.

The station can be accessed from both the west side (off Hatchet Road) and the east side (Hunts Ground Road) but is clearly signed as a ‘private road’ that is also a ‘no through road’. However, station management company Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) confirmed to a member of the public back in 2015 that the rule was not currently being enforced (see below). Furthermore, numerous people have reported driving through on a regular basis over many years, right up to the present time, without any issues.

However, reports on social media suggest that early January saw a flood of letters sent to people who regularly drive through the station without stopping (or who only stop for a moment to drop off or pick up a passenger) notifying them of a £50 ‘fine’.

Analysis of these reports by the Journal reveals that most of the ‘fines’ relate to the period 6th to 9th December 2018 and that they have been received by people who make regular ‘through and back again’ journeys through the station, for example to take a child to school in the morning and to collect the child in the afternoon.

The clearest sign that they are, in fact, not a ‘fine’ for violating the ‘no through road’ condition can be seen in the title of the letter: ‘Parking Charge Notice’ (PCN). However, anyone overlooking this might easily be misled by the fact that the letter, instead of stating both the entry and exit times for the alleged parking offence gives just a single event time. Furthermore, the letter includes two photographs of the offending vehicle entering and leaving the car park, but does not state the locations at which the photos were recorded. Because the backgrounds of the photos inevitably look different (as there as separate cameras pointing in opposite directions at each end of the car park), the reader can easily assume that they were recorded at different ends of the car park, thereby reinforcing the assumption of a ‘drive through’ violation.

More: Check the details of your PCN online »

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New parking restrictions at Stoke Gifford Co-op

Posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 3:59 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Parking conditions signage. Photo of parking conditions signage (detail).

Residents of Stoke Gifford may have noticed some new signs being placed around the car park of the local Co-operative store over the last few days.

The store, located on North Road, has implemented new parking restrictions which were put into place as of Monday 14th January.

A spokesperson for Southern Co-op said:

“From 14th January, the car park connected to our store in North Road, Stoke Gifford will be limited to two hours of parking. This is to deter all-day parking. The car park will remain free to use.”

Cameras have been set up to monitor the parking and if the two-hour maximum stay is breached, you are at risk of receiving a £100 parking charge notice (PCN).

For more information, visit the store’s Facebook Page.

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Transport minister opens new multi-storey car park at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 5th September 2014 at 11:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Baroness Kramer officially opens the new multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway Station.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited Stoke Gifford today to officially open a £13 million new station car park that will increase capacity and convenience for thousands of passengers.

The multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway will provide an extra 710 parking spaces, in addition to the existing 1,100, to cater for increasing numbers of passengers using the station. Before the work, the site was regularly full.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:

“The work at Bristol Parkway is a great example of what can be done, and will provide much-needed parking at this key station. This is great news for the communities of Bristol and South Gloucestershire.”

“More passengers than ever before are using the rail network, and this growth is expected to continue. Over the next five years, we are investing record amounts in modernising our railways and providing passengers with the facilities they need, so they can enjoy smoother, more convenient and more reliable journeys.”

FGW General Manager (Central) Rob Mullen said:

“Bristol Parkway Station serves almost three million rail passengers a year and this is expected to grow significantly when the line to London is electrified.”

“I am delighted to be able to provide the Minister with a tour of the new facility which significantly increases capacity, ensuring that we can cater for the increase in passenger demand both now and in the future.”

More: New car park will help meet future demand »

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Parkway temporary car park built without planning permission, claims resident

Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 8:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Temporary car park at Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford.

A temporary car park constructed on vacant land near Parkway Station has been built without planning permission, according to a local resident who has registered an objection with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

First Great Western, operators of the railway station, announced the opening of a temporary car park at a site off Hunts Ground Road (opposite the Parkway North ‘park and ride’ car park operated by SGC) on 14th January.

The company said the temporary car park would provide an additional 100 parking spaces while work to construct a new multi-storey car park at the station continues.

A First Great Western spokesman explained at the time:

“There’s a huge amount of investment going into the multi-storey car park and, once completed in March, will make travel from Bristol Parkway much more accessible for customers. However, we’ve had to close a number of spaces to allow the construction work to happen.”

“This additional parking wasn’t available when the construction started, but we are pleased to have been able to do this deal to help improve things for customers while the building work is completed.”

Information available on the SGC planning portal shows that a planning application for the temporary car park was received by the council on 11th December 2013 but not “validated” until 6th January 2014. The statutory 21-day consultation period, during which objections can be made, runs until 29th January 2014. The status of the application is shown as “pending consideration”.

In a letter received by the council on 15th January, a resident of a property in Saint Way, a road which borders the site on which the car park has been constructed, writes:

“I cannot see why the developers/owner of the site have already started and almost finished work without consulting the local neighbours and obtaining the necessary permission in the first place.”

First Great Western says work on the £13m multi-storey car park is due to be finished in April.

Documents submitted with the planning application for the temporary car park state that “use will cease before the end of April 2014”.

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