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New measures to limit unauthorised traffic near Barking station

A zebra crossing near Barking station (credit: Be First)

Barking and Dagenham Council has unveiled plans to restrict unauthorised traffic near Barking station. 

Only buses, taxis, cyclists and emergency service vehicles will be allowed to travel on Station Parade under the new measures. 

There will also be no access to the Vicarage Fields car park from Station Parade and drivers will need to enter from Cambridge Road instead. 

Automatic number plate recognition cameras will be used to check if a vehicle is exempt from the new rules. Anyone caught breaking them will be issued a penalty charge notice. 

A map of the proposed changes (credit: Be First)

It is hoped the changes will make thousands of people who work, live or travel through the area safer. 

“Barking Station is one of the busiest in London, with 14.5 million commuters a year and rising using it,” said Councillor Cameron Geddes.

“Road traffic accidents have been too high for too long in Station Parade and, even now during lockdown, it’s congested. So, we plan to stop cars using the road unnecessarily.”

An 18-month trial begins in January 2021 during which the measures will be under constant review. Residents are also being asked for their views on the changes. 

At the end of the trial, a further consultation will be launched on whether the measures should become permanent. 

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