Restrictions to prevent Lichfield Trent Valley station commuters parking on residential roads

More details have been revealed about plans to prevent commuters using Lichfield Trent Valley station from parking on nearby residential roads.

Staffordshire County Council is looking to implement restrictions on streets including Burton Old Road, Bexmore Drive and Holland Close.

Part of Burton Old Road leading towards Lichfield Trent Valley station

Part of Burton Old Road leading towards Lichfield Trent Valley station

Despite the reopening of the London Midland car park at Lichfield Trent Valley on Burton Old Road, residents say some commuters have been opting to park for free nearby instead.

But the new plans would see no waiting restrictions introduced on Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm.

A letter to local residents from Staffordshire County Council outlined proposals to phase in the parking crackdown: “We have received a request from county councillor Janet Eagland to proceed with a proposal to provide a no waiting, timed restriction, that will prevent commuter parking from the nearby railway station.

“Even though the traffic regulation order would be prepared for the plan proposed, it is suggested that we introduce a phased construction by implementing the restriction along Burton Old Road initially, and after close monitoring – if found necessary¬† – extend the restrictions to other cul-de-sacs.

“It is important to remember that there will be no allowances made for visitors who park or wait on the single yellow lines during the times posted.”

A number of the junctions on Burton Old Road in Streethay will also see parking restrictions to improve safety, with Staffordshire County Council saying double yellow lines will be introduced to stop “inappropriate parking” in the area.

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7 Comments

  1. Owen Franks

    12th February, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Not surprising given the cost. Why not make the car park free to encourage people to use it? Lichfield stations are the only ones on the line that charge.. Even Shenstone which is outside the Centro Zone is free?

  2. Darryl

    12th February, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I wonder how the residents feel, given there’s no dispensation for visitors?

  3. Blocked in

    12th February, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    As a Streethay resident I can confirm we’ll be over the bloody moon. Plenty of Chelsea tractors and expensive German motors who can’t afford the station (!) mean any visitors usually can’t park here anyway. This seems to be the only solution. It’s not even about the parking itself. We have a drive but have had incidents where delivery vehicles haven’t been able to get up the road because drivers from the station have parked on both sides of a cul-de-sac. We also get long-termers too who park up for the weekend or week, leaving no consideration for others who might want to actually access their own roads.

    The bigger victory is the junctions though. Some of the parking on Burton Old Road is atrocious opposite junctions forcing other cars to turn blindly into oncoming traffic, like the clever dick who parks his caravan opposite a junction.

    Shame the parking has to come to this, but having been abused by those we’ve politely asked to move their car to the other side of the road so people can access their drives without clipping their cars it seems to be the only answer.

  4. Resident

    24th February, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I do sympathise with ‘Blocked In’. However if all residents were given permission passes to park outside their own houses. Also double yellows for junctions. There are houses with no off road parking will the council pay to convert their dwelling to take a car. There was big opposition to the building of the houses opposite Dyott Close the main complaint was that of parking on the Burton Old Road. This was quickly dismissed by the council saying that there was enough parking spaces for all the new dwellings – So why are they parking opposite Dyott Close

  5. Mike

    25th February, 2016 at 1:18 am

    It isn’t just Streethay that gets this, it is also happening on residential roads around the Britannia Park area. We see people park up, usually with their cars half on the pavement, then they walk off towards the station. Cars parked on both sides of the road is commonplace, which creates a narrow road where larger vehicles just can’t get through. It is a fair comment regarding free station parking. Centro subsidise the parking at all other stations on the Cross City route, so why Staffordshire County Council can’t subsidise free parking at stations in South Staffs is a question that needs to be asked

  6. Ex-Streethay Resident

    25th February, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I used to live in Streethay and raised parking opposite Dyott Close with Janet Eagland. I advised her of the problem (dangerous) parking and the peak of when this occurs only for her to visit when everyone was at work!

    The new development of houses opposite Dyott Close is a joke for parking and should never have been signed off by the council. Furthermore those new houses on Lime Way and Rayson Close tend to have room lets – something that should have been stipulated into deeds that should not be allowed as this has proven to be problematic with younger people renting rooms not caring for neighbours or the surrounding environment and hence a 4 bed house has 4 individuals living in it with subsequent partners frequently visiting parking in dangerous places.

    Raising all the points with Janet Eagland proved a waste of time to the point she didn’t have the courtesy to respond to my emails when she suggested nothing could be done.

    I really do hope they provide a satisfactory solution for residents as I enjoyed many a happy year living there.

  7. Frustrated

    26th February, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    There is no joined up thinking in Lichfield from the council.

    They insist on building more and more housing developments, but there are not the jobs in Lichfield to support all of these people. So they have to travel to Birmingham, London…..

    So the stations get busier and busier. I have travelled from Lichfield to Birmingham over the past 20 years and it has gone from an almost empty train when starting at Lichfield, to a train that at times is full when it leaves Lichfield. It then gets to bursting point all the way down the track.

    Prices get higher, more and more passengers and still lots of the trains only have three carriages.

    There is not a frequent bus service in the area, so for a lot of people driving to the station is the only sensible option.

    They have approved hundreds of new homes off Shortbutts Lane, lots of these residents will park close to Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley. There are numerous other developments, where most Lichfield salaries would not allow you buy a home in Lichfield. So, they will travel also.

    I have seen so many near misses at Trent Valley and also City, where drivers get frustrated and try and force their way into oncoming traffic.

    I feel sorry for the residents impacted by these issues, but as Ex-Streethay Resident says, all coucillors say is “sorry, nothing we can do”. They approve every development, but never think of the long term consequences.