Parking problems near Ruddington Lane tram stop leave residents frustrated

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Commuters parking near a tram stop have made one man's life such a misery that he is now putting homemade notices on their windscreens.

Fadi Al-Dairi, a charity worker, who lives on Fieldway off Ruddington Lane, near the tram stop of the same name, created his notices out of frustration that nothing was being done about the parking problems.

Other residents also commented that since the tram line was installed, their streets have become congested with non-residents using them for parking.

He said: “I had a confrontation where someone swore at me, saying they could park anywhere they wanted. They just don’t care.

“At one stage we thought they might be sending us Christmas cards, they had been there that long.

“It’s the same every day. It adds about five minutes to taking the kids to school, which doesn’t sound a lot, but it adds up.

“When we leave we have to manoeuvre around the parked cars. We can’t get any visitors or deliveries.

“We are seriously looking at selling soon. We’d only be moving a few avenues down, but it’s that bad.”

The notice reads: "Don't park here! Residents are frustrated and can no longer tolerate those who leave their vehicles here."

The handmade notice

The handmade notice

The handmade notice

The handmade notice

Nottingham City Council is now going to look in to how they could stop tram passengers parking in the residential area.

However other residents have complained that the problems extend to Ruddington Lane itself, where they believe cars parked on the hill before the stop is making it dangerous.

“I can understand it, as there isn’t really anywhere else to park to get to the tram. But it’s not very nice for us,” said Maggie Steel, 70, a retired police finance officer who lives on Ruddington Lane.

She added: “We’ve got buses and lorries coming down here regularly. I’m surprised there hasn’t been an accident.”

Such an accident nearly occurred when Julie Buckland, 58, of Ruddington Lane, was setting off on her commute to Ilkeston, where she works as a lawyer.

She said: “They park on both sides of my entrance. As I was coming out my drive, a man on a bike came quickly around the corner. If I hadn’t have come out slowly, I would have cleared him out.

“It could have been a serious accident.”

Thomas Newton, 29, a joiner of Wilford who drives along the road regularly, said: “Sometimes you can’t see what’s coming round the corner as you head towards Ruddington, it is dangerous and inconsiderate.

“It has only been a problem since the trams started. Maybe they should extend the double yellow lines or turn the wasteland near Becket School in to a car park.”

NET, who run the tram network, declined to comment, but Labour Councillor Sally Longford, portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and local transport, said: “Road safety assessments carried out when the tram stop was initially proposed at Ruddington Lane found no issues.

“The road is wide enough to carry two-way traffic and parked cars and double yellow lines around the bend ensure visibility.

“However, we will look at whether any further improvements could be made to discourage tram passengers from parking in residential areas.”