Kingston Council makes £800,000 in six months from traffic fines including from box junctions

The box junction in Wheatfield Way

The box junction in Wheatfield Way

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Drivers have now paid Kingston Council more than £800,000 in fines for stopping in yellow box junctions, making banned turns and more, since it took over enforcement last September.

Income in the first two months of this year from enforcing moving traffic violations was more than £300,000, with box junctions in Wheatfield Way and Ewell Road contributing about £180,000, it was revealed this week.

By law, profit from the fines must go to fund off-street parking, road maintenance, public transport, or projects approved by the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson told the Comet on Wednesday that in light of the figures, a Kingston Conservative election call to invest £1m from that pot into roads appeared a “particularly adroit piece of Conservative financial planning.”

Council leader Liz Green said of the Tory promise: “I think it’s a gimmick. There’s no detail behind it.

“I don’t know at the moment what is the best use of that fund.”

Extra pothole gangs have been employed to repair winter damage around the borough, she added.

The council’s bus lane enforcement account will carry a surplus of more than £2.7m into the next financial year, according to budget papers.

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9:50am Fri 14 Mar 14

helen59 says...

now they have the money FIX THOSE POT HOLES & BADLY DAMAGED ROAD SURFACES
now they have the money FIX THOSE POT HOLES & BADLY DAMAGED ROAD SURFACES helen59
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11:26am Fri 14 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key.
Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key. captain_shamrock
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4:13pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mr Martin says...

This box junction is actually quite hard to see what's ahead the way it turns round to the right and the traffic flows quite quickly. I got caught out here a few weeks ago when the delivery lorry to Wetherspoons snarled the traffic up and I had nowhere to go - I see people stuck in there daily , £60 is quite steep for the fine.
This box junction is actually quite hard to see what's ahead the way it turns round to the right and the traffic flows quite quickly. I got caught out here a few weeks ago when the delivery lorry to Wetherspoons snarled the traffic up and I had nowhere to go - I see people stuck in there daily , £60 is quite steep for the fine. Mr Martin
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5:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Tobermory says...

What the article doesn't say is how much it cost to install all the new ANPR cameras across the Borough?
What the article doesn't say is how much it cost to install all the new ANPR cameras across the Borough? Tobermory
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7:05am Sun 16 Mar 14

Beverly RA says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key.
How rude, but typical of this Lib Dem propagandist.
[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key.[/p][/quote]How rude, but typical of this Lib Dem propagandist. Beverly RA
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11:06am Sun 16 Mar 14

helen59 says...

captain_shamrock wrote:
Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key.
lolss
[quote][p][bold]captain_shamrock[/bold] wrote: Hopefully they'll run a typing class to teach you how to use your Caps Lock key.[/p][/quote]lolss helen59
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