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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Red route scheme launched in town
Red Route lines
Vehicles illegally parked along the route can be towed away.
The first stage of an 120m scheme aimed at cutting traffic congestion was unveiled in Solihull on Tuesday.

The Red Route system, which features double red lines, was in force in Shirley.

Vehicles illegally parked along parts of the Stratford Road can be towed away.

Brian Wevill from West Midlands Police said it gave police and traffic wardens greater powers to remove any vehicles which were causing congestion.

"If we see someone stopping or parking a car on a red route we can issue a fixed penalty or if we see a vehicle causing an obstruction then we can have it towed away," he said.

Red Routes were first tried out in London more than ten years ago where the scheme was aimed at reducing accidents and improving the flow of traffic.

In the West Midlands an 127 mile network is planned and public consultation is taking place on almost a dozen new routes.




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13 Feb 03  |  England


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