Friday, 5 April 2013

Crossing the line: Britain's shortest double-yellows appear in Cambridge

Crossing the line: Britain's shortest double-yellows appear in Cambridge

It seems local councils are now clamping down on unicycle owners who continue to park their chosen mode of transport at the side of the road because we can't think of much else that could encroach on these tiny double-yellow lines.

The yellow daubing appeared on Humberstone Road, Cambridge and they measure a little over a foot long, nestled in between specially marked parking bays.

Cambridge County council say the lines have been laid to deter drivers from encroaching on the disabled bays either side.

Motorists will face a fine of £70 if they do place a wheel on the miniscule parking deterrents but many local residents feel the lines are a waste of time and money.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Liz Hazell, 51, who lives on Humberstone Road, said: "It's the craziest set of double yellow lines I have ever seen. It just defies logic as to why they bothered painting them on the road."

Her son Nik, 21, added: "'It's ridiculous. I have no idea why they have done that. You can't even fit a remote control car on it."

Crossing the line: Britain's shortest double-yellows appear in Cambridge


A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council hit back, saying: "This is common practice.

"The yellow lines are at either end of a disabled parking bay and are there to prevent vehicles parked either side from encroaching on the disabled bay."

But councillor Damien Tunnacliffe branded the lines "cute" and said he hoped they would become a visitors attraction.

"I think they're cute and could be on the tourist trail. We should get the blue badge tour guides onto it," he told the Daily Mail.

The city of Norwich was the previous record-holder for Britain's shortest double-yellow lines, with residents waking up to a set that measured just 17 inches long in Stafford Street in 2011.

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