Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council have made changes to waiting and loading restrictions and on-street parking in Woking Town Centre, Controlled Parking Zone Area 1. Not including The Grove and Ferndale Road.
These Controlled Parking Zone Area 1 changes have now been introduced and are in operation.
Summary of the changes
In the main, the changes that have been made are:
- To extend the Area 1 operational hours from 6pm to end at 10pm each evening.
- To implement a Restricted Zone' in Church Street East, and the roads that lead from it that will impose waiting and loading restrictions for the same period as Area 1, 8.30am-10pm, Monday to Sunday.
- To create a Pedestrian Zone in Church Path, part of Church Street East and Christchurch Way near Town Square.
- To install a loading bay (adjacent to the Martian Tripod) for use during the restricted hours.
- Create a parking bay for police/ emergency service vehicles.
- Create additional disabled bays in Chobham Road and Christchurch Way to mitigate the loss of those near Concord House and Cleary Court.
- The Duke Street redevelopment is on-going. The new layout will prioritise pedestrians, but include additional disabled parking bays to mitigate the loss of several bays around Church Street East.
- Extending the current parking controls to include bank holidays in Area 1.
Pedestrian and Restricted Zones
The creation of a pedestrian zone in Church Path, part of Church Street East and Christchurch Way near Town Square has been implemented.
Church Street East, Christchurch Way, Chobham Road and Duke Street have also been resurfaced with new block paving. To improve the appearance of the area a restricted parking zone has been created that imposes waiting and loading restrictions between 8.30am and 10pm everyday. The restricted zone has boundary signs that state the parking and loading restrictions at the entry point and parking and loading will only be permitted in the marked bays. This will improve the overall appearance and street scene.
Additional disabled bays have been introduced in Chobham Road and Christchurch Way in to mitigate the loss of those near Concord House and Cleary Court.
Duke Street is similarly being redeveloped and the new layout will include additional disabled parking bays to mitigate the loss of several bays around Church Street East. There are also disabled parking spaces provided in the adjacent Victoria Way car park.
Bank Holiday restrictions
Bank holidays are often some of the busiest days of the year in terms of activity in the town centre. The extended operational hours will also apply on Bank Holidays across Area 1 and the Restricted zone. This will help improve access to shops/ businesses, reduce obstructive parking and generally help keep traffic moving at these times.
Woking town centre had a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ, referred to as Area 1) which imposes a uniform set of parking restrictions during everyday between 8.30am and 6pm. There are a number of limited waiting bays in Area 1 that also operate during the same period providing parking for up to one hour.
After 6pm, the Area 1 restrictions were not in operation, so vehicles could park on single yellow lines or for unlimited time in the parking bays. The evening economy of the town centre is expected to revive and continue to grow, becoming increasingly busy attracting visitors/ shoppers and customers to the many restaurants and attractions in the town. The town centre is also undergoing major redevelopment and will have an increasing number of residential dwellings arising from separate developments.
The extension of the parking restriction hours to later in the evening is intended to:
- Increase turnover in the on street limited waiting bays improving access to local businesses such as takeaways. The 1 hour limit will apply as well as current parking tariffs until 10pm. There are a couple of free 20 minute limited bays.
- Reduce obstructive parking on the single yellow lines in Area 1 to maintain an effective traffic management regime. This will also help keep the footway clear in some locations improving access and safety for pedestrians which will become increasing important as the number of people living in the town centre increases.