Motorists are being warned that it is now illegal to drive up a section of Ryde High Street, with drivers facing a fine and penalty points on their licence if caught.
Despite objections from Ryde residents and businesses alike, changes to the traffic arrangements in Ryde have gone ahead. A prohibition of driving notice is now fully enforceable on the pedestrianised section of the town between Garfield Road and Star Street, including Anglesea Street.
This stretch of High Street used to be a through road but in the late 1980s it was partially pedestrianised. For the past 35 years, motorists have been able to travel up the High Street during specific times, namely after 18:00 and all day on Sundays. Now, it is illegal for motorists to drive up the High Street (between Garfield Road and Star Street) at any time of the day or night, 7 days a week.
There are a few exceptions to the rule with delivery drivers allowed access between 06:00-10:00 only. Those with off-road parking are also allowed access at any time, but residents who have relied on on-street parking can no longer park outside their properties. The ‘no parking at any time zone’ is in force around the clock, including evenings and weekends.
Last night numerous vehicles were still parked in the precinct, despite the new rules and the freshly painted double yellow lines.
The driving element is enforceable by Police, whilst the parking element is enforceable by the Isle of Wight Council’s Parking Services team – also known as traffic wardens.
Another change implemented is the revocation of a one-way system on Anglesea Street. Properties with off-road parking and the town square outside the Co-Operative will now be accessible from George Street, but only market traders with a permit will be allowed access.
The news could come as a blow for businesses such as the bingo hall and fish & chips, whose customers regularly park in the High Street. Residents will also now need to find somewhere else to park. The changes will undoubtedly result in slightly longer delivery times for local takeaways in certain parts of Ryde.
On Garfield Road, a number of parking spaces have been lost to make way for a loading bay.