Parking outside train stations

Introduction of new restrictions outside St Pancras International Station

In September and December 2015, in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), we trialled an airport style drop-off system outside St Pancras International Station. The trial saw the drop-off and pick-up bays segregated from the carriageway with cones, so vehicles would need to enter the area and keep moving rather than wait or double-park.

The idea was that this would encourage self-policing amongst motorists. Signs were erected to notify motorists of where to go and our enforcement team, along with officers from TfL and British Transport Police, were on hand to support the trial.

Following a period of consultation, we have  revised the design of the original system. The two bays between the entrance to the station and Euston Road will be removed and replaced with double yellow lines and double kerb “blips”. These markings indicate that no waiting or loading is permitted at any time.

Vehicles that are stopped for no longer than necessary to allow passengers (and their luggage) to board or alight will be exempt from the restrictions. However, vehicles will not be permitted to wait or stay at the location for any other purposes, such as waiting for passengers to arrive.

Drivers who may need additional time to drop-off or pick-up passengers are advised to use the bays north of the entrance to the station, which will retain their current time limit, or the NCP car park.

Why are we making changes?

We believe the new restrictions will lead to the following benefits:

  • Reduction in congestion caused by vehicles waiting longer than two minutes
  • Reduction in vehicles double parking
  • Increased safety for pedestrians by increasing visibility of the road that had been reduced by parked vehicles
  • Increased safety for cyclists who will no longer be forced into the path of on-coming traffic

When will this happen?

The work was carried out during the week commencing 22 August 2016 and involved the removal of white bay markings and the laying down of yellow markings in their place.

There was a short “settling in” period of a few days during which TfL and our enforcement officers were present to advise drivers. Following this “settling in” period, the scheme has now gone live and Penalty Charge Notices may be issued to vehicles breaching the restrictions.

The scheme will be monitored and additional signage will be installed if necessary.


If you are travelling to St Pancras International to use the ‘Eurostar’ service and require assistance with luggage or car parking, the below link may assist you.

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