‘Unfair fines’ issued for station drop-offs
Residents complain as works block off usual points
RESIDENTS say they are being hit with ‘unfair’ fines for dropping friends and family off at Hayes and Harlington station.
Drivers are upset that their usual drop-off point at the station has been blocked off for Crossrail construction, leaving them with nowhere to turn around.
In their efforts to get out, several drivers have been incurring fines, which Hillingdon Council says are being issued by a private company.
Nicola Newnham, from Hayes, was told to pay £60 for using the nearby High Point Village driveway, just before the blocked off roundabout, on January 5.
She said: “I appealed it because you used to be able to drop people off down the little roundabout.
“That’s basically now blocked off.
“I was just dropping off and turning round as there were no bays – I was there less than a minute.”
The fact Miss Newnham was doing her mother and aunt a favour at the time, so they could catch a train in time, made the situation even worse.
She added: “To get a ticket for doing a good deed really upset me to be honest.
“It’s a bit of a con, I think something dodgy is going on.
“A lot of people are getting tickets.
“I just want other people to be warned that there are wardens standing there taking photos of you, regardless of why you’re doing it.”
Harlington resident Carol Pruden is also appealing her fine for dropping her partner off at the station.
She said: “In my appeal, I’ve mentioned the fact that there’s construction work going on at Hayes station.
“There used to be a turnaround point and that’s not there anymore.
“As you drive down the road, you have no other option but to turn around in this entrance into the flats. I went to drop my partner and off I went. I was there for seconds.”
The parking company, PCM, have accused Ms Pruden of causing an obstruction in their fine letter.
But she said: “I wasn’t parked and my brake lights are on even in the photo evidence.
“You can’t park at the front of because cameras.
“If you sit there and wait for a bay to become free you’re going to get a ticket anyway.
“I don’t believe I should be paying the fine – where else are you supposed to drop off ?”
Network Rail has reminded drivers that there are a number of short-term parking spaces for people who want to drop off and pick up.
A spokeman said: “Our work site at Hayes and Harlington has been designed to reduce the impact on people using the station as far as possible.
“The work we are carrying out as part of the Crossrail programme will transform the station, providing a new ticket hall, new lifts and new waiting facilities.” the there station
n FINE ANGER: Drivers have been fined for turning round in the driveway (bottom left) due to Crossrail construction