Parking Changes For Olympics Tennis

Changes take effect from Saturday in the Southfields area

Different rules will be in force between July 28 and August 5 while the Olympic event is staged at Wimbledon’s All England Club.

The revised parking rules are largely the same as for the annual Wimbledon tennis tournament. From Saturday until the Olympic competition finishes, all the area’s existing parking zones will be combined to form one single tennis event zone (EZ). This zone will also include some streets in the area that do not have existing parking controls.

Motorists who have an existing parking permit for the S1, S2, S3 and S5 parking zones will be entitled to park in the EZ zone.

Guests of people living inside the EZ can use the special temporary permits that were issued to residents for last month’s Wimbledon Championships. Each household was given two free permits for the use of their visitors. These permits can now be used during the Olympic event.

The use of these temporary visitors permits is necessary because pay and display machines throughout the area, apart from those serving the shops in Replingham Road, will be switched off to ensure that tennis fans do not occupy residents’ parking spaces.

These temporary permits should also be used by residents who normally park in streets within the EZ that are not normally subject to parking controls.

People using these permits should place them on the dashboard so the face of the permit can be clearly seen. They do not need to be displayed if the vehicle already displays a valid resident, business, resident visitor permit or a disabled person's blue badge.

These free EZ temporary visitor permits remain the property of Wandsworth Council and are not for resale. Anyone caught attempting to sell these permits will face legal action.

Residents are also being advised that some parking bays in the event zone, especially along Wimbledon Park Road, Augustus Road, Victoria Drive and Princes Way will be suspended for the duration of the tournament at the request of the police. Cars will be essentially banned from parking along these roads.

Some other roads will also see parking bays temporarily removed and an extension to the hours of the waiting restrictions.

Motorists are also being advised that yellow lines in Revelstoke Road between Wimbledon Park and the junction with Heythorp Street will be in operation continuously throughout the tournament. This means that parking on these yellow lines is not permitted at any time of the day or night, while the tournament is on.

Any vehicle parked incorrectly over the Wimbledon tennis fortnight is liable to receive a parking ticket and may be towed away.

Different rules apply for parking on housing estates in the area. The housing department provides its tenants and leaseholders with permits and visitor permits which are unaffected by the changes to the rules on parking on the public highway. Anyone who unlawfully parks their car on an estate without displaying a valid permit will be clamped and could be towed away.

For more information about parking arrangements in Southfields during the Olympics, please contact the parking service on (020) 8871 6660 and choose option three from the automated service so that your call is directed to the right department.

July 27, 2012