27th Oct, 2016

Action needed over station parking

Evesham Editorial 30th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SIR Peter Luff has called for more to be done to tackle uncontrolled parking on local roads on the estate around Honeybourne station.

The former Mid Worcestershire MP tabled a question to be asked in the House of Commons after Network Rail had ‘failed’ to address the uncontrolled parking in the area.

Mr Luff also expressed his concerns about the estate’s developers failure to get the road adopted meaning all roads on the housing estate have to remain private.

The current situation means frustrated homeowners cannot tackle the problems as they would be able to on adopted public roads and Mr Luff said the only barrier to any action was the failure of Network Rail to transfer ownership of one small piece of land just off Station Road.

“The situation is unacceptable. It’s not just the parking – there are other issues facing residents too as a result– but parking is the one that worries me most,” he said.

“There is a real risk that an emergency service vehicle going to a fire or accident will be unable to access the estate unless action is taken soon. “Notwork Rail” need to sort this out.

“Honeybourne and Pebworth parish council, and the district ad county councillor, Alastair Adams, have been working with me for many months now to persuade Network Rail to transfer a small section of road at the entrance to Stephenson Way off Station Road to the developers of the estate.

“I became involved in January 2014, over a year ago, but still, after countless emails, phone calls and meetings, Network Rail have failed to act.

“What’s worse they have given no good reason for their inaction.

“That’s why I have tabled a Commons question urging ministers to intervene.

“It shouldn’t take this, but I worry for people’s safety if this isn’t sorted soon. And the uncontrolled parking is a serious inconvenience for local people too. I hope this persuades Network Rail to pull their finger out at last,” he added.

A Network Rail spokesperson, said: “We fully understand the frustrations of the residents of Honeybourne, and are continuing to work closely with the council to progress the transfer of ownership for this piece of land.”