Double yellows at Hartford Train Station creates parking problems

Parking problems for Hartford train commuters

Parking problems for Hartford train commuters

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PARKING restrictions are set to be enforced on the streets around Hartford railway station with nowhere else close by to park.


Parking around the area has been an issue for months as more people are commuting from the station and the station’s car park is not big enough to accommodate.
 

Double yellow lines will be painted on sections of the A559 Chester Road, parts of Fullterton Road and The Crescent and will be enforced from Friday, April 11, with no alternative places to park being given.


Single yellow lines, where drivers cannot park between 8am and 6pm, are also being introduced on other parts of Fullerton Road.


Chris Lane, Owner of The Coachman, which is directly across the road from Hartford backs the double yellow lines but says a better alternative than park further away must be made.


Chris said: “It annoys me when people dump their cars on our car park and then take themselves off to London or somewhere for the weekend on the train and that kind of thing is likely to happen more often now.


“I completely agree that cars shouldn’t be allowed to park on the surrounding streets particularly the main road because it’s only a matter of time before an accident happens.


“Kids are coming off the station and into the road from behind parked cars so it is really dangerous at the minute, but you can’t put in parking restrictions without creating somewhere else to park.


“It’s obvious that the station’s car park needs to be made bigger but it just doesn’t seem like that is even being considered as an option.”


Trials were undertaken in March and November last year with sections of the roads coned off instead of the double yellow lines.


However, permanent double yellow lines will mean that commuters will have to look for a long term alternative to where they park their car, meaning a further walk to the station.
 

Jo O’Donoghue, Hartford parish town clerk, said: “The plans have been being carefully planned for a while now and the parish council is completely behind the decision to bring in the parking restrictions around the station.”

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4:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jack Hay says...

In what way have these arrangements been 'carefully' planned? I would say they have been selfishly planned, as in "This station is for Hartford residents only. Riff-raff from other villages, keep out." The self-centred folk of Hartford forget that not every village has a station and that theirs is a railhead for a wider area.
In what way have these arrangements been 'carefully' planned? I would say they have been selfishly planned, as in "This station is for Hartford residents only. Riff-raff from other villages, keep out." The self-centred folk of Hartford forget that not every village has a station and that theirs is a railhead for a wider area. Jack Hay
  • Score: 13

5:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jack Hay says...

Maybe the train company should reduce services to Hartford station now fewer people can use it! Serve them right.
Maybe the train company should reduce services to Hartford station now fewer people can use it! Serve them right. Jack Hay
  • Score: 7

10:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

Carlos99 says...

I dont see why they cant expand the station car park? There is land behind it!

But I agree the double yellows are needed, as people park in pathetic positions, especially on the train station bridge which is to narrow to park on!

Also, Jack, act your age! I work in Hartford, I see the way idiots just abandon their cars anywhere on Chester Road, without giving a **** about other vehicles struggling to get past! Grow up man!
I dont see why they cant expand the station car park? There is land behind it! But I agree the double yellows are needed, as people park in pathetic positions, especially on the train station bridge which is to narrow to park on! Also, Jack, act your age! I work in Hartford, I see the way idiots just abandon their cars anywhere on Chester Road, without giving a **** about other vehicles struggling to get past! Grow up man! Carlos99
  • Score: -3

12:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MrT1976 says...

Jack Hay wrote:
In what way have these arrangements been 'carefully' planned? I would say they have been selfishly planned, as in "This station is for Hartford residents only. Riff-raff from other villages, keep out." The self-centred folk of Hartford forget that not every village has a station and that theirs is a railhead for a wider area.
I have lived in Hartford for 35 of my 37 years, even though I no longer live in the village I still class it as my village and where one day I will move back to. To be labelled as "self centred" I find quite ridiculous and a little bit insulting. Why don't we build a train station near your house and then see how you like your street/road/cul-de-s
ac being clogged up with vehicles.

Honestly some people...........
[quote][p][bold]Jack Hay[/bold] wrote: In what way have these arrangements been 'carefully' planned? I would say they have been selfishly planned, as in "This station is for Hartford residents only. Riff-raff from other villages, keep out." The self-centred folk of Hartford forget that not every village has a station and that theirs is a railhead for a wider area.[/p][/quote]I have lived in Hartford for 35 of my 37 years, even though I no longer live in the village I still class it as my village and where one day I will move back to. To be labelled as "self centred" I find quite ridiculous and a little bit insulting. Why don't we build a train station near your house and then see how you like your street/road/cul-de-s ac being clogged up with vehicles. Honestly some people........... MrT1976
  • Score: -12

12:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sue from barnton says...

Didn't know South West trains stopped at Hartford.
when are they going to sort out the bad parking around the shops, its even worse there.
Didn't know South West trains stopped at Hartford. when are they going to sort out the bad parking around the shops, its even worse there. Sue from barnton
  • Score: 11

1:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

GrumpyBum says...

The parking at Hartford is shocking, I have arrived before 8am before now and its been full. It is a commuter link for a lot of people around here though, it needs to have somewhere for commuters to park. Even a park and ride would work as long as you can get the buses there before the trains are due.

The coachman is obviously missing a trick, the car park there is large and rarely has more than a handful of cars in it, Im sure people would happily pay £2-3 to park their car there instead of a fine. Or even, use the car park if you buy something on your return.

You dont want Hartford with less trains, it is the good transport links that will keep Northwich alive. The staff here are beyond helpful and pleasant. Wonderful chaps.

And residents in hartford complaining about people parking their cars there, surely you knew that there was a station there before you moved there? Anywhere that has a school, station, shop or other attraction where people go has parking issues. Just be thankful that you do not live in a city where you cannot even guarantee a space on your street, let alone outside your house.
The parking at Hartford is shocking, I have arrived before 8am before now and its been full. It is a commuter link for a lot of people around here though, it needs to have somewhere for commuters to park. Even a park and ride would work as long as you can get the buses there before the trains are due. The coachman is obviously missing a trick, the car park there is large and rarely has more than a handful of cars in it, Im sure people would happily pay £2-3 to park their car there instead of a fine. Or even, use the car park if you buy something on your return. You dont want Hartford with less trains, it is the good transport links that will keep Northwich alive. The staff here are beyond helpful and pleasant. Wonderful chaps. And residents in hartford complaining about people parking their cars there, surely you knew that there was a station there before you moved there? Anywhere that has a school, station, shop or other attraction where people go has parking issues. Just be thankful that you do not live in a city where you cannot even guarantee a space on your street, let alone outside your house. GrumpyBum
  • Score: 20

8:42pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Cymo says...

And of course they won't even consider the obvious solution of running trains from Northwich thro' to Hartford, which would spread parking along the stations of the Mid-Cheshire line!
And of course they won't even consider the obvious solution of running trains from Northwich thro' to Hartford, which would spread parking along the stations of the Mid-Cheshire line! Cymo
  • Score: 2

8:49pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Blooper says...

As always there is a very simple answer to this - Hartford residents, make your drive way earn for you instead of it sitting empty whilst your out at work....

https://www.parkatmy
house.com/
http://www.yourparki
ngspace.co.uk/locati
ons
http://www.parkitatm
ine.com


Rent your car park space and solve this problem
As always there is a very simple answer to this - Hartford residents, make your drive way earn for you instead of it sitting empty whilst your out at work.... https://www.parkatmy house.com/ http://www.yourparki ngspace.co.uk/locati ons http://www.parkitatm ine.com Rent your car park space and solve this problem Blooper
  • Score: 4

11:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

47thmoon says...

one less stop for the London commuter - so, even less excuse for the waste of tax payer funds on any new rail line. Let's have better care services instead ( Anyway, they been trying to close Hartford Station for years. Sounds like they intend to choke it to death)?
one less stop for the London commuter - so, even less excuse for the waste of tax payer funds on any new rail line. Let's have better care services instead ( Anyway, they been trying to close Hartford Station for years. Sounds like they intend to choke it to death)? 47thmoon
  • Score: -1

2:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Jack Hay says...

Cymo wrote:
And of course they won't even consider the obvious solution of running trains from Northwich thro' to Hartford, which would spread parking along the stations of the Mid-Cheshire line!
It's not an obvious solution, because there's no railway line between those two stations. I do like the suggestion to Hartford residents that they could rent out their driveways - now that is an obvious idea.
[quote][p][bold]Cymo[/bold] wrote: And of course they won't even consider the obvious solution of running trains from Northwich thro' to Hartford, which would spread parking along the stations of the Mid-Cheshire line![/p][/quote]It's not an obvious solution, because there's no railway line between those two stations. I do like the suggestion to Hartford residents that they could rent out their driveways - now that is an obvious idea. Jack Hay
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Hibernian says...

I think the council should explain the "careful planning" it claims it has done. How many cars are expected at Hartford on a daily basis? How many parking spaces are there? Where should the excess cars go? Will the yellow lines extend to the other residential streets in the neighbourhood, or is parking acceptable as long as it's not in the Crescent / Fullerton Road? What impact will the parking restrictions have on passenger volumes? What measures have been proposed over the past years by the council to solve the problem?

Maybe there are opportunities for the Coachman and any spare driveways..
I think the council should explain the "careful planning" it claims it has done. How many cars are expected at Hartford on a daily basis? How many parking spaces are there? Where should the excess cars go? Will the yellow lines extend to the other residential streets in the neighbourhood, or is parking acceptable as long as it's not in the Crescent / Fullerton Road? What impact will the parking restrictions have on passenger volumes? What measures have been proposed over the past years by the council to solve the problem? Maybe there are opportunities for the Coachman and any spare driveways.. Hibernian
  • Score: 4

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