Rugby Stadium Parking Consultation Underway

Matchdays restrictions could be extended in Isleworth

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Almost 3,500 questionnaires have been sent to residents living near Twickenham Stadium in a bid to gauge support for the extension of controlled parking on match days in south Hounslow and Isleworth.

The move, which is prompted by Rugby World Cup 2015, is in response to concerns expressed by local residents about parking during events in the stadium.

The council has been working with England Rugby 2015, the Tournament promoters, to try to ensure that transport and traffic runs smoothly and that inconvenience to residents is minimised. As a result public transport will be enhanced on match days and additional coach and bus shuttle services have been arranged to help the 82,000 spectators at each of the 10 matches at Twickenham can get to and from the venue conveniently and safely.

Councillor Richard Foote, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Protection, explains: “As a proud host to Rugby World Cup 2015 we are very keen to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough. But we are equally keen to emphasise that there will be no parking on our streets in areas where residents elect to have Controlled Parking Zones. This will help the smooth running of the Tournament and also be an important legacy.”

A statutory consultation will take place during June in the streets where the questionnaires indicate support for the parking zone. Where residents agree to the controlled parking, permits will be issued free for every vehicle registered at the address. Visitor parking permits will also be available and blue badge holders can park in the parking bays without a permit. The restrictions will be in place for up to 30 events in the Stadium each year. The closing date for return of the questionnaires is 6 April.

March 20, 2015

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