Money Box Junction reports that 17 PCNs against box junctions in South Road have been cancelled by Ealing Council. Additionally, the Adjudicator awarded costs of £750 against the Council on the grounds that it was “wholly unreasonable” for them to pursue the appeals after they had been repeatedly warned by PATAS that PCNs for South Road/St Joseph’s Drive, South Road/Cambridge Road and High Street/Avenue Road were unenforceable.
Phil Taylor, Conservative Ealing Councillor has the following apology on his website:
The decision was made after an email sent by the Department for Transport on 20 June, was brought to my attention today.
At the beginning of November we immediately suspended the junctions following advice from the Department for Transport. I believed that this was the first time the Council had been given this advice or the decision to stop enforcing them would have taken in June.
I am furious that this email was never brought to my attention and I have ordered an immediate investigation on how this could have happened.
The Council is putting in place arrangements to refund the money.
The six box junctions affected are double width yellow boxes at T-Junctions:
- South Road junction St Joseph’s Drive, Southall
- South Road junction Cambridge Road,Southall
- South Road junction Hamilton Road,Southall
- High Street junction Avenue Road, Southall
- Uxbridge Road junction Lower Boston Road, Hanwell
- The Broadway junction The Mall, Ealing
Ealing Gazette reports that the Council estimates it will have to refund £660,000 to drivers charged between late June and late October, when the council formally announced it was scrapping the junctions.