No spaces, but drivers are still paying in Brighton car park

No spaces, but drivers are still paying in Brighton car park

Drivers queuing to get in and out of the Regency Square car park in Brighton

Drivers queuing to get in and out of the Regency Square car park in Brighton

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Trapped drivers are buying tickets to escape a heaving city centre car park – even if they fail to find a space.

A long line of cars stretched through Regency Square multi-storey in Brighton at the weekend, which is partially closed due to building work.

Many drivers queued for a space, only to find the council-run car park was full when it was too late to turn back.

After inching around for more than half an hour, many motorists thought they needed to buy a ticket to get through the exit barrier.

One angry driver said: “I saw at least three people paying even though they hadn’t even parked.

“People were queuing to get out for more than half an hour and there was a lot of anger.”

A spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The car park is covered by CCTV and if a driver were unable to find a space while the car park is operating at reduced capacity they would not be charged when exiting the car park if they press the buzzer to speak to the control room.”

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10:22am Thu 21 Feb 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

I went in there and managed to get out without paying the barrier let me up and I just went, didnt force it!!
I went in there and managed to get out without paying the barrier let me up and I just went, didnt force it!! Hoarder12345444
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11:06am Thu 21 Feb 13

qm says...

Am not at all surprised, am awaiting the day I receive a ticket for stopping at a red light . . . . .
Am not at all surprised, am awaiting the day I receive a ticket for stopping at a red light . . . . . qm
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11:38am Thu 21 Feb 13

Fight_Back says...

The council should put up signs explaining that ( obviously they would lose income though ! ).

That said, it would help if people read the sign near the entrance that says "No queuing past this sign" - the road is often blocked with idiots who ignore this !!!!!
The council should put up signs explaining that ( obviously they would lose income though ! ). That said, it would help if people read the sign near the entrance that says "No queuing past this sign" - the road is often blocked with idiots who ignore this !!!!! Fight_Back
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12:04pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Martha Gunn says...

Green Party notion of traffic management.
Green Party notion of traffic management. Martha Gunn
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12:11pm Thu 21 Feb 13

bug eye says...

Not to mention the chaos being caused everyday by the new congestion causing pollution increasing traffic light system there with 4 sets of traffic lights within 100 yards nearly always red for no reason. This will get tourists furious during the summer.
Not to mention the chaos being caused everyday by the new congestion causing pollution increasing traffic light system there with 4 sets of traffic lights within 100 yards nearly always red for no reason. This will get tourists furious during the summer. bug eye
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12:18pm Thu 21 Feb 13

RickH says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Green Party notion of traffic management.
I would guess this is more to do with the ticket machine issuing more tickets than there are spaces, no doubt as a result of the on-going building works, than the policy of a political party The car-park set-up ie ticket on entry, has been in place since I moved to Brighton some 20+ years ago (my first flat was on Regency Sq). Those choosing to ignore the 'No queueing past thiis point' sign, blocking the road etc is an issue that has been there for the same duration. But please don't let the facts get in the way of scoring a cheap political point!
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Green Party notion of traffic management.[/p][/quote]I would guess this is more to do with the ticket machine issuing more tickets than there are spaces, no doubt as a result of the on-going building works, than the policy of a political party The car-park set-up ie ticket on entry, has been in place since I moved to Brighton some 20+ years ago (my first flat was on Regency Sq). Those choosing to ignore the 'No queueing past thiis point' sign, blocking the road etc is an issue that has been there for the same duration. But please don't let the facts get in the way of scoring a cheap political point! RickH
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1:43pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Joshiman says...

Is that why there are now four sets of traffic lights there?
Is that why there are now four sets of traffic lights there? Joshiman
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2:30pm Thu 21 Feb 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it??
Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it?? Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! upsidedowntuctuc
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7:56pm Thu 21 Feb 13

qm says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it??
Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!
Cannot disagree with you in any way except . . . . . what on earth have you got against plonkers? :))
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it?? Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!![/p][/quote]Cannot disagree with you in any way except . . . . . what on earth have you got against plonkers? :)) qm
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8:13pm Thu 21 Feb 13

hubby says...

Mugs!
Mugs! hubby
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9:12pm Thu 21 Feb 13

nocando says...

motorists really are dumb, talk about lambs to the slaughter. Anyone with any sense rides a motorbike. Free parking for starters.
No sympathy here, cough up mugs.
motorists really are dumb, talk about lambs to the slaughter. Anyone with any sense rides a motorbike. Free parking for starters. No sympathy here, cough up mugs. nocando
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7:34am Fri 22 Feb 13

monkeymoo says...

HA HA HA HA HA ...NOOBS IN CARS!!!
HA HA HA HA HA ...NOOBS IN CARS!!! monkeymoo
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9:03am Fri 22 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

Partisan lines drawn? Everyone behind their respective steering wheels/handles or on their soles ....
Let the name calling begin! On the count of 1 ... 2 ...

Oh, I see you've started.
Partisan lines drawn? Everyone behind their respective steering wheels/handles or on their soles .... Let the name calling begin! On the count of 1 ... 2 ... Oh, I see you've started. mimseycal
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9:03am Fri 22 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

Partisan lines drawn? Everyone behind their respective steering wheels/handles or on their soles ....
Let the name calling begin! On the count of 1 ... 2 ...

Oh, I see you've started.
Partisan lines drawn? Everyone behind their respective steering wheels/handles or on their soles .... Let the name calling begin! On the count of 1 ... 2 ... Oh, I see you've started. mimseycal
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9:35am Fri 22 Feb 13

Smartbloke says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it??
Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!
You absolute failure of a human.
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it?? Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!![/p][/quote]You absolute failure of a human. Smartbloke
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9:36am Fri 22 Feb 13

Smartbloke says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Green Party notion of traffic management.
Is it?

You should have said. You don't say that often enough.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Green Party notion of traffic management.[/p][/quote]Is it? You should have said. You don't say that often enough. Smartbloke
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10:00am Fri 22 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

In all fairness. When work was started on the car park, notices should have gone up suggesting people try alternative parking spots first! All those queueing cars cannot but adversely affect local air pollution and slow the work itself down.
In all fairness. When work was started on the car park, notices should have gone up suggesting people try alternative parking spots first! All those queueing cars cannot but adversely affect local air pollution and slow the work itself down. mimseycal
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11:14am Fri 22 Feb 13

Phani Tikkala says...

Smartbloke wrote:
upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it??
Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!!
You absolute failure of a human.
Charming.... you must be a Green
[quote][p][bold]Smartbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: This is part of their plan to hit the motorist cannot surely be totally down to incompetence Can it?? Ian Davey what a total plonker!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!![/p][/quote]You absolute failure of a human.[/p][/quote]Charming.... you must be a Green Phani Tikkala
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2:31pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Fairfax Sakes says...

There are actually a couple of tricks by which you can (legally) escape from a car park and barrier without paying the fees, I do it all the time and enjoy free parking galore!
There are actually a couple of tricks by which you can (legally) escape from a car park and barrier without paying the fees, I do it all the time and enjoy free parking galore! Fairfax Sakes
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3:56pm Mon 25 Feb 13

s_james says...

This has nothing to do with politics.
This has nothing to do with politics. s_james
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4:30pm Mon 25 Feb 13

mimseycal says...

s_james wrote:
This has nothing to do with politics.
No ... but neither has running a city ;-)
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: This has nothing to do with politics.[/p][/quote]No ... but neither has running a city ;-) mimseycal
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