11/08/2016

Parking Enforcement Begins as New Football Season Approaches

With the start of the new football season approaching, Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough Council will be carrying out enforcement activity regarding vehicles parked illegally ...

close to the Riverside Stadium on match days.

Despite a number of warnings issued last season, some members of the public continued to park on the on-slip to the A66 from the Middlehaven junction.

Middlesbrough Council is erecting clearway signs along the A66 and on the A172 from Longlands Roundabout to its junction with the A66 to let motorists know that stopping is not allowed, including on the adjacent verges.

Also, double yellow lines, no loading and no waiting markings and signs are being put in place on Moor Road, Heath Road, Cargo Fleet Road and Marsh Road (section near the Navigation pub).

Penalty notices or notices of intended prosecution can be issued to anyone who flouts the law.

Chief Inspector Emily Harrison said: “We have been working closely with Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Football Club to try to resolve the parking issues around the Riverside Stadium for some time now, including exploring opportunities for additional off-street parking.

“Unfortunately, despite the warnings that we issued last season, some people were continuing to park on the grass verges around the A66 on-slip right up until the last game of the season. People have reported dangerous manoeuvres being made as people have pulled out onto the A66 where the traffic is very fast-moving, which could have caused serious collisions. Taking risks like this is entirely unacceptable.

“Safety is a priority for us as we want people to enjoy the football and other amenities in the town. I would again encourage people to make use of the ample parking spaces around the town centre and walk the short distance to the stadium. Those who do not comply with the parking restrictions can expect to be prosecuted or issued with a fixed penalty.”

The main roads affected by the parking issues are the A66, Moor Road roundabout near to Cargo Fleet Road and Shepherdson Way roundabout.

Dockside Road has also been used by match-goers for parking despite already having yellow lines in place.

Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor, said: “We are well served by Council-run and private car parks, both in the town centre and even closer to the stadium, and we would ask those travelling to the games by car to park responsibly and considerately.

“We all want to see a full house for every game at the Riverside this season and we try to take a reasoned approach when it comes to enforcement action, however we would remind motorists where it is unavoidable we will issue Penalty Charge Notices or the police may prosecute where it is considered dangerous or obstructive.”