Reader's Letter: Train station - parking catchment area

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On a Mondays I commute to central Manchester on the train from Alderley Edge rail station. I am a resident of Wilton Crescent.

Today 8/1/18 (I think the date is a palindrome but that's irrelevant) I today caught different trains than normal due to the restricted timetable on Northern Rail due to their industrial action.

On my return to Alderley at approx 06:15pm I left the train with the usual half dozen passengers, several of which were obviously off to collect their cars. I walked some way behind one gentleman across the road and alongside the edge of the park.

I assumed he would turn left to collect his car in the Park Car Park but no he kept walking, I took my normal route across the crossing by the Church, still following but by coincidence as he 'led the way', I thought oh he has parked on the right side of Ryleys lane in that bank of parking before the turn to Eaton Drive, but no he kept walking.

Ahead of me he turned right into Eaton Drive, by now I started to think oh he might actually be a neighbour and my assumption about heading to a car was wrong. I too turned into Eaton Drive heading home. He actually got into a car opposite the junction of Sutton Rd and drove away in the direction of the village centre - he was a commuter after all and earlier assumptions accurate.

I recognised him from previous train trips, but parks (I emphasise legally) as far away as Sutton Rd, the catchment area of commuters is growing I am sure the situation is the same on the 'Lakes' estate. I hate to potentially re-open the parking can of worms but thought my observation this evening was worthy of mentioning.

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Duncan Herald
Monday 8th January 2018 at 9:31 pm
Build a large car park? For 150 cars? Can only help?
Peter Bugler
Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 5:24 pm
It was noticeable today that parking has extended the full length of Moss Lane. Macc Road is one way again due to builders! Someone is parking on the corner by Hough Chapel, forcing traffic across the road on a blind bend. This sort of parking used to result in a ticket.
James MacDonald
Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 6:30 pm
"opposite the junction" - you say legally? Debatable... The highway code says the following but does not use the language MUST NOT.

Highway code Rule 243

DO NOT stop or park:

near a school entrance
anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing

opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space

near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
in front of an entrance to a property
on a bend
where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities

except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 11th January 2018 at 6:07 am
Parking is a national problem, I’m afraid this island is just too small for the number of cars on it.
Ricky Lee
Friday 12th January 2018 at 9:01 am
Dave, fancy partnering up to start a airport meet and greet parking service. I know plenty of streets available!!!

Win Win, if council do nothing! Then we will profitable! If council fix the parking issues then we will have a better village!!

Joking aside, residents' patience is limited, please take action.

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