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« on: November 24, 2022, 10:24:58 am »

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"Changes to parking restrictions on various roads in Twyford could be brought in. The proposal comes after two-thirds of people living in the area reported problems on their streets... The three top issues named were commuter parking, which equalled nearly a quarter of the concerns raised (24 per cent) and is only set to get worse now Elizabeth Line trains run directly into central London, followed by inconsiderate parking (17 per cent) and parking too close to junctions (14 per cent)."

Hmm. I wonder if the problem has got worse compared with pre-Pandemic? Despite all the much-publicised expectations about Crossrail, is it really encouraging Twyfordians to venture into Central London?
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 10:54:32 am »

Car parks in general at stations seem to be a lot busier lately.  Twyford could do with a multi deck car park as it always looks full. 

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 11:39:17 am »

Hmm. I wonder if the problem has got worse compared with pre-Pandemic? Despite all the much-publicised expectations about Crossrail, is it really encouraging Twyfordians to venture into Central London?

I would suspect that Twyfordians are not the issue with people parking in the street in Twyford.

There are a lot of people who live a car-based life living to the west of London in communities with little or very limited rail service who never use their local trains, but on occasions visit London and would never dream of taking their car all the way in.   

There have been a number of park-and-ride favourite in the past - ranging from Osterley to Bedwyn but local stations on the Reading to Paddington route wouldn't have made a "top ten" list.   Price of parking, frequency of service, cost of tickets,ease of access of the trunk road network, and directness of service into central London are all factors.

Twyford now has (I think) a sevice every 15 minutes or so DIRECT to the West End (Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road) and the City (Farringdon and Liverpool Street) as well as further east.   Very attractive; the whole yucky business of standing around in Paddington waiting for the next service on a night likeliest night is gone.   So I suspect the uptake at these stations has been not a consequence of covid in any way, but rather the sponge effect of the Elizabeth line doing - err - exactly what was intended!

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2022, 01:27:08 pm »

There have been problems with parking near Twyford station since at least the 1980s.  Many of the streets near the station are filled with terraced houses with no off street parking.  Some of them are only wide enough if cars are parked half on the pavement.   The prices of the houses rocketed as services to London improved before the turn of the century but many kept their cars even though they left them outside their homes all day while catching the train.

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