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Motorists face clampdown

PUBLISHED: 15:20 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 23 August 2010

A MAJOR survey has been launched to stop commuters parking on residential streets when the high speed rail link is launched later in the year. A report was due to be handed to Gravesham Borough Council s Joint Transportation Board (JTB) yesterday as the

A MAJOR survey has been launched to stop commuters parking on residential streets when the high speed rail link is launched later in the year.

A report was due to be handed to Gravesham Borough Council's Joint Transportation Board (JTB) yesterday as the Reporter went to press.

It says controlled parking zones around the wider town centre are being considered to meet concerns about parking congestion when high speed services from Ebbsfleet International Station start on December 13. Mainline trains will link Gravesend Station to the service.

Similar zones have been introduced in Northfleet and Meopham limiting parking to 23 hours a day with an hour's ban during the day for non-permit holders.

Council leader and member of the JTB, Mike Snelling said: "We are determined that Gravesend is not overwhelmed by people parking to take advantage of the new high speed trains at the expense of residents.

"It is right that we plan our action now to ensure that there is no invasion of the parking-space snatchers which would clog up the roads outside town and could make some householders' lives a misery."

Resident permits cost £15 for five years.

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