Camera enforcement begins outside Leicester Railway Station

Leicester train station
Camera enforcement in place outside Leicester Train Station

Cameras are now being used to catch drivers who illegally stop in a restricted clearway outside Leicester Railway Station.

From this week, 24-hour camera enforcement is in place on the stretch of London Road between Station Street and just before Conduit Street.

This includes automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and warning signs, to deter drivers from parking or stopping illegally outside Leicester Station.

Only buses and Hackney cabs can stop in the bus stop clearway. Private Hire taxis and other drivers caught on camera in the clearway will face fines of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

The camera enforcement scheme is being carried out under the Traffic Management Act 2004, and is costing about £45,000 to implement.

Large warning signs have been put in place nearby on London Road, the junction with East Street and the junction with Station Street.

The work follows a fatal accident in July 2016. Cyclist Sam Boulton was knocked into the path of a moving van when a passenger of a private hire vehicle that had stopped briefly on double yellow lines opened her door.

Leicester assistant city mayor for the environment, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “The work to improve safety at this site is a direct result of the tragic death last year of cyclist Sam Boulton, which brought home the dangers of stopping in this area.”

“A clearly-marked bus stop clearway was put in place there after Sam’s death, but some motorists have thoughtlessly continued to use it as a drop-off point, and many of those drove off before Civil Enforcement Officers had time to issue a ticket.”

“Now, these traffic enforcement cameras mean that drivers who flout the law won’t be able to get away with it any longer. Hopefully it will deter drivers from stopping there and help make the road safer for everyone.”

The camera enforcement safety work comes ahead of a wider £2.75million package of proposals to improve London Road including the introduction of separated cycle lanes.

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