Great Smith Street
We have asked the Parking Team to take action on this recurring issue:
“Residents and visitors to this area are in an impossible and dangerous situation with coaches that are parking at the junction of Great Smith Street and Abbey Orchard Street SW1.It is an accident waiting to happen for pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers. It is impossible to exit the junction safely most days of the week and particularly at weekends.
There were seven coaches parked at 10am this morning- two across the bus stop on the side toward Parliament Square, four on the curve of Great Smith Street on the Department of Education side and one just in front of traffic lights at the junction of Great Smith Street and Great Peter Street.Some of the coaches keep their engines running and the response from drivers when asked politely to switch of their engines is not always pleasant”
The Parking Team say:
“Buckingham Gate is already subject to special enforcement measures by the marshals in order to manage the movement of the coaches, that tend to want to park as near as possible to the attractions in the area. The marshals are presently making extra visits to this location, to ensure compliance by all vehicles.”
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