Controlled parking zones
Parking controls and areas
With around six million visitors a year, and a population of over 222,600, controlled parking zones (CPZ) were introduced to manage the traffic on Royal Greenwich streets.
Parking places in controlled parking zones are marked out as boxes with broken parallel white lines. Signs are displayed at every entry point into the zone. They display the hours when parking control is in force. The places may be free, reserved for permit holders, pay and display, meter parking or a combination. Any yellow line separating these boxes is a loading gap where you can load and unload - unless the kerb markings indicate otherwise.
Pay and display and meters
You will find parking meters or pay and display machines in some controlled parking zones. This means parking is permitted during the times indicated on the signs if a valid ticket is displayed on the windscreen or the right money has been put in the right meter.
You must pay for the full time you expect to stay as it is illegal to return and buy further time in the same parking place. Some places have a maximum time to stay, and this is shown on the meter. You must not return and park in the same place within the time stated on the sign or one hour, whichever is the shorter period.
Parking bays for permit holders
Those permit holders allowed to park here will be specified on the signs. You may find bays for motorcycles, loading (lorries only), taxi-ranks, doctors (doctors must apply to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for these) and Blue Badge holders only.
Limited waiting areas
Drivers can park for 30 minutes, one hour or two hours, but no longer than the maximum time or outside the hours specified.
To extend your stay you cannot just park a little further down the street, you must move your vehicle to the other side of the road or a different road.
Motorcycles and mopeds can be parked free of charge in any resident or business permit bay, or in a pay and display bay, if they are parked perpendicular to the kerb. They cannot park in pedal cycle racks.
Free parking during public/bank holidays
Street parking is free on 25 and 26 December and 1 January in most areas throughout the Royal Borough. On those days, parking controls in the controlled parking zones do not apply. Pay-and-display bays and metered bays are unenforced and the bays can be used with no charge.
On all other public/bank holidays, normal daily parking restrictions apply.
Any exceptions, where controls still apply, are clearly signed on the street. For single yellow lines outside controlled parking zones, the normal restrictions will apply and motorists should consult signs on the street in the usual way.