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Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking to help traffic flow and to prevent obstructions on the highway.

Our Traffic, Urban Traffic Control (UTC) and Road Safety Section carries out programmes of work to introduce yellow lines.

Such lines are designed to:

  • Prevent obstructive and dangerous parking
  • Assist in the general flow of traffic
  • Improve road safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Improve visibility at junctions
  • Improve access for emergency service/refuse vehicles

We receive a considerable number of requests for waiting restrictions throughout the year and each request is assessed to ensure that the above aims can be met.

The Traffic, UTC and Road Safety Section prepares two or three programs of approved sites a year. We group the sites together to cut down on the cost of advertising the necessary legal Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO's). These TRO's can take a number of months to implement because of the required legal statutory process.

There are two types used:

  • Double yellow lines usually to mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time
  • Single yellow lines usually indicate a shorter period of restriction such as daytime. Supplementary plates will show the actual times

Loading restrictions are shown by yellow markings on the kerb and on the supplementary plates.

The Highway Code gives examples of the lines in normal use.

Road markings and signage - road signs gives further information