‘Un­fair fines’ is­sued for sta­tion drop-offs

Res­i­dents com­plain as works block off usual points

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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n FINE ANGER: Driv­ers have been fined for turn­ing round in the drive­way (bot­tom left) due to Cross­rail con­struc­tion

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