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Traffic in London: a woman with mysterious posters warns ignorant drivers of a £ 130 fine


A vigilante turned cars to help drivers evade £ 130 fines after a road was converted to a bus lane.

The woman, whose name is unknown, was seen regularly in a high visibility jacket and with a placard on Turnham Green Terrace in Chiswick.

In the past four months, hundreds of drivers have missed the signs at either end of the street after they switched to bus, taxi and bike lanes in July.

The woman was commended online for spending hours of her day on the road warning drivers to turn around. The drivers then performed nifty three-point turns to avoid the fine.

Others revealed that some drivers did not understand and called them because they were in their way.

A passerby said to Chiswick W4: "She tries to help people – but they yell at them."

The Mysterious Woman is the latest saga in Sadiq Khan's war against motorists, with Covid serving as an excuse for taking action against vehicles:

  • Parking spaces are quietly being replaced by Covid-friendly seats and bicycle parking spaces called "Parklets".
  • A cycle path, introduced as a relaxation measure to reduce the number of cars in London, was removed after causing traffic chaos.
  • Images of a fire engine that got stuck in a roadblock were taken to create a “Covid-friendly” cycle path.
  • Amazing pictures showed how many of London's growing bike lanes stand empty while traffic piles up on narrow streets nearby.
  • The AA criticized a wealthy London council for punishing drivers for using public roads, accusing them of "just trying to increase revenue";
  • London drivers may soon be forced to collect £ 27.50 a day as part of a state rescue by TfL.

The woman (pictured), whose name is unknown, has been seen regularly in a high visibility jacket and with a placard on Turnham Green Terrace in Chiswick

A note posted on the Hounslow Borough Council website revealed that the change was an "attempt" to prevent traffic and encourage cycling amid the coronavirus. It will be reviewed early next year.

All of the parking spaces along the street have been merged with the footpath to allow social distancing.

The note read: "Existing paid parking spaces that aren't used for charging or blue ID parking will be suspended," widening "the walkway and increasing social distancing opportunities for pedestrians."

But the change has shocked residents and many face a £ 130 fine for missing the signs.

Since it was brought in, a woman has taken matters into her own hands by standing at the end of the street to turn the traffic around.

The woman was commended online for spending hours of her day on the road warning drivers to turn around. The drivers then performed nifty three-point turns on the road

The woman was commended online for spending hours of her day on the road warning drivers to turn around. The drivers then performed nifty three-point turns on the road

The signs (pictured) at either end of the road have been overlooked by drivers who didn't know they were being converted into a bus, taxi and bike lane in July

The signs (pictured) at either end of the road have been overlooked by drivers who didn't know they were being converted into a bus, taxi and bike lane in July

A cab driver named Kevin went on Twitter to praise her. He said, "Turnham Green Terrace today a woman with a homemade sign telling drivers if they go down it's a £ 130 fine I turned in and didn't even see a sign. Taxis are exempt but fair to all the lady the police tried to keep them from telling the drivers about it. "

Sarah Spateri said: & # 39; Fantastic woman! Give her a medal! These restrictions are poorly thought out and are introduced without consulting local residents. There will soon be no more shops on the underground terrace. I assume this is the goal of the Hounslow Council as I see no other benefit. "

Lise Cooke added, "We call them the Turnham Green Fairy."

David Jackson blew the "gross money-making exercise". He added, "A ridiculous scheme that brings traffic to a standstill."

The change shocked residents and many face a £ 130 fine for missing the signs. As it was being brought in, a woman took matters into her own hands by standing at the end of the street to turn the traffic around

The change shocked residents and many face a £ 130 fine for missing the signs. As it was being brought in, a woman took matters into her own hands by standing at the end of the street to turn the traffic around

A cab driver named Kevin went on Twitter to praise her. He said "Turnham Green Terrace today a woman with a homemade sign"

A cab driver named Kevin went on Twitter to praise her. He said "Turnham Green Terrace today a woman with a homemade sign"

An MP for Brentford & Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, who suggested appealing the fine, wrote: "The problem is that more than many people are caught up in the poor signage at either end of Turnham Green Terrace."

An MP for Brentford & Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, who suggested appealing the fine, wrote: "The problem is that more than many people are caught up in the poor signage at either end of Turnham Green Terrace."

The mysterious vigilante group came about when Sadiq Khan's "war on motorists" began in recent weeks with the threat of an overload charge of £ 27.50 per day for most of London.

The Mayor of London claimed ministers were demanding that he extend the £ 15 congestion zone to the north and south circulars for financial assistance as TfL suffers from the coronavirus lockdown.

Motorists were particularly hard hit when steps were taken to encourage more cycling in London.

Earlier this month, the cycle lane on Euston Road, introduced as a relaxation measure to reduce the number of cars in London, was removed after causing traffic chaos.

The fire engine was blocked when it tried to enter a street that was closed to motorized vehicles

Firefighters had to continue on foot after it was wedged between a planter and a car

A fire engine was blocked when it tried to enter a street that was closed to motorized vehicles. Firefighters had to continue on foot after it was wedged between a planter and a car

Changes to roads that have closed some roads to traffic other than pedestrians and cyclists have created major problems in parts of London as workers returned to their offices but avoided public transport to ensure they were socializing Keeping your distance.

Pop-up bike lanes on both sides of Euston Road were opened by TfL in July with speed limits of 20 mph for passing motorists. Just three months later, the London traffic commissioner announced that they would be removed.

The cycle paths have made traveling in London by car almost impossible and devastated the emergency services.

Last month, pictures were taken of a fire truck that is stuck in a roadblock and set up to create a “Covid-friendly” cycle path.

The video showed the blue-lit emergency vehicle wedged between a wooden planter and a parked white car in Ferndale, south London.

When firefighters parked the vehicle and made the short walk to the nearby incident, an angry resident was heard raging against the plan and saying, "Are you trying to say this is good for us?"

Businesses on Turnham Green Terrace have complained that the traffic pattern has reduced habits and made the coronavirus lockdown difficult to survive.

Another car turns around after reading the woman's homemade sign warning of a £ 130 fine if the driver continued

Another car turns around after reading the woman's homemade sign warning of a £ 130 fine if the driver continued

Joanna Bishop used social media to say a shopkeeper was in tears. She wrote: & # 39; Unplug the LTNs / road closures in Chiswick.

& # 39; A shopkeeper on Turnham Green Terrace in tears this week as road closure destroys her business and others too. Buses are losing lane to bicycles, so late, Chiswick Hi Rd disaster now. & # 39;

Another shopkeeper with a shop down the street, a man named Rodney, complained that Turnham Green Terrace was completely free of traffic.

Another social media user added, “I believe Rodney points out that after half a century of successful trading on Turnham Green Terrace, his business has been decimated by a poorly thought out system over which he had no control and it was completely illogical was planned over Chiswick. & # 39;

Another said, “My 73-year-old father received a ticket in the mail a few days ago for inadvertently shutting down Turnham Green Terrace because of this poor signage.

& # 39; @LBofHounslow & @RuthCadbury, you should absolutely be ashamed of yourself. A blatant money robbery affecting innocent people. & # 39;

An MP for Brentford & Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, who suggested appealing the fine, wrote: “The problem is that more than many people are caught up in the poor signage at either end of Turnham Green Terrace.

David Jackson blew up the "gross money-making exercise". He added: "A ridiculous scheme that brings traffic to a standstill"

David Jackson blew up the "gross money-making exercise". He added: "A ridiculous scheme that brings traffic to a standstill"

Nearby companies have complained that the transportation system has reduced habits and made it difficult to survive the coronavirus lockdown

Nearby companies have complained that the transportation system has reduced habits and made it difficult to survive the coronavirus lockdown

"A lot of ignorant people see a main street that is wide open and don't expect it to close. The tiny signs don't help."

Daniel Grendowicz took a photo of a small sign and wrote, "Can you please explain why there was no obvious prior warning regarding the motor vehicle restriction on Turnham Green Terrace, other than this small sign that is almost impossible to see when turning left is? "

Peter Haynes said, "Can you tell me how long Turnham Green Terrace has not allowed cars to use it?" I have used this road for years and now have a non-compliance indication.52J You need to know that a tiny little sign over a speed camera sign is hard to see. & # 39;

Photographer Alastair Hilton shared a picture of the entrance to Turnham Green Terrace. Drivers who take the first exit at a small roundabout may miss the signs

Photographer Alastair Hilton shared a picture of the entrance to Turnham Green Terrace. Drivers taking the first exit off a small roundabout may miss the signs

In September, Hounslow London Borough had published 4,024 criminal complaints on Devonshire Rd and Turnham Green Terrace since the beginning of that summer, according to the Chiswick calendar.

If these drivers had all paid the full £ 130 the council would have made half a million by now – £ 523,120. However, most drivers pay within a discount period which means the price is reduced to £ 65.

By Wednesday September 30th, 1,487 drivers had paid the PCN. A total of 1,449 of the £ 130 paid during the discount period and 38 paid. This means the council made £ 99,125 from the road changes.

A petition against the change of road has so far 7,198 signatures.

MailOnline has asked the Hounslow Borough Council for a comment.

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