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How Red Routes work

Red Routes work because they are part of an integrated package of transport measures to tackle traffic congestion and improve journey times.

By delivering a comprehensive package of measures such as junction improvements, improved pedestrian and cycle crossings, which directly address traffic problems on our roads, Red Routes will contribute towards smoothing traffic flow and making the West Midlands road network more efficient and safer.

Best use of space

Journeys across the West Midlands are becoming increasingly slower and unreliable, a situation which will only get worse unless we take action. Red Routes will ease this by making the best use of the available road space by managing parking / loading activities and tackling congestion on the route.

Red lines will replace the more conventional yellow lines and will be accompanied by special road signs, which explain the parking and loading times and restrictions.

The difference between red lines and yellow lines

Red line rules do differ from conventional yellow line restrictions.

Yellow Lines  – indicate where waiting restrictions apply. Stopping is permitted to load or unload (unless there are also loading restrictions indicated by signs and yellow marks on the kerb) or whilst passengers board or alight. Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time but the times at which the restrictions apply for other yellow lines are shown on nearby signs. Considerable variations can apply, particularly in relation to loading / unloading, both in terms of the operational times and days of the week. These factors result in significant levels of confusion and abuse preventing the adoption of effective enforcement.

Red Lines – indicate where stopping is prohibited to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle (except for a licensed taxi or for vehicles displaying a blue badge). Stopping to park and load/unload is permitted in specially marked boxes and adjacent signs specifying the time, purpose and duration allowed. Double red lines mean no stopping at any time and single red lines will normally apply from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday (although some variations may be appropriate to reflect particular local circumstances).

As a result, if you are driving on a Red Route, the signs and lines are designed to be easy to understand and will be uniform as far as possible, no matter where you are in the West Midlands area. The signs and associated lines and boxes will tell you when and where parking and loading/unloading is allowed and when and where it is prohibited. These factors result in increased levels of compliance and allow for a more effective enforcement.

>>  Click here to go to the Road Markings section of the Highway Code website.

Enforcing Red Routes

If anyone stops on red lines, even for a short time, they are delaying other people because they are causing an obstruction. Under the Red Routes scheme, local authorities will be able to use their powers to better manage problem areas by the provision of additional legal parking / loading spaces and the issuing penalty notices where appropriate.