New parking rules came into force in central Brighton on Tuesday 10 April. The new regulations follow the creation of a new parking zone, Area Y.
Area Y encompasses the northern half of the city centre, from the North Laine to the Hove boundary and from Western Road to Seven Dials.
Work began on Area Y in January to make the necessary changes to street signs and road markings. The new parking zone will offer 1,375 parking spaces for residents, up from 740 under the old system. The council has also done away with the voucher parking scheme and replaced it with pay and display.
The zone’s traffic regulation order officially cames into force on 10 April, but the council are offering a week’s grace, with anyone parking incorrectly being given a warning letter. Fines will be issued as normal from the week after.
The city centre used to be made up of eight small parking zones, but in order to provide more parking spaces for residents Brighton & Hove City Council restructured city centre parking so that it now comprises two larger zones, Area Y and Area Z.
Work has already started on Area Z, the area to the south of the Area Y, between Western Road and the seafront. Once Area Z is complete, which is scheduled to happen in May, it will offer 865 parking places, 329 more than previously.
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