Fresh fears raised over match day parking

By Geoff Berkeley Friday 01 February 2013 Updated: 04/02 12:15

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RUGBY fans who use country lanes as a 'car park' on match days are facing a possible clampdown after fresh fears were raised over supporters' safety.

Highways bosses are considering introducing new restrictions to prevent fans attending Worcester Warriors' home games from parking dangerously on grass verges and along country lanes in Smite Hill.

Warriors provide more than 1,000 spaces for pass holders at the club's Sixways Stadium as well as park and ride services at County Hall and Blackpole Industrial Estate. There is also a park and walk site in Warndon.

But Smite Lane resident Adam Randell, 23, told the Standard many supporters continued to put their lives at risk by parking near his home and walking along the national speed limit road.

"It is really dangerous," he said.

"Children are in the middle of the road and not wearing any reflective gear. If something did happen then it would be the motorist's fault.

"The Leicester Tigers game in January was probably the worst it has ever been because of the sheer amount of cars and people.

"If Worcester want to become a team which pulls in big crowds then they need to have better parking infrastructure."

Concerns over safety have led the county council's Highways team to consider restricting parking in some areas.

Highways manager Jon Fraser said: "There is no quick fix to the parking issue which has arisen in recent years following the success of the rugby club and subsequent higher attendances.

"We'll need to take into consideration the whole picture and may consider parking restrictions. In the meantime, I would encourage supporters to always ensure they park safely and sensibly, with consideration for others."

A spokesman for Warriors added: “The safety of supporters getting to Sixways on match days is always of paramount importance to us.

"We are aware there have been some issues with parking around the stadium and have notified the relevant local authorities. We are in constant contact with them regarding these matters and are working towards managing this."

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