London Borough of Barnet

Olympic torch relay parking arrangements announced

Published Monday 16 July 2012

As Barnet gets set to host its leg of the London 2012 Olympic torch relay, Barnet Council has announced parking plans to make it as easy as possible for residents to enjoy the celebrations.

Bank Holiday enforcement will be in place across the borough on Wednesday 25 July, meaning all of the council’s car parks will be free of charge for motorists to use.

In addition, Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will not issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles parked in residents’ bays, business bays or pay-to-park locations away from the route itself.

Officers will however carry out light enforcement throughout the day to keep the borough moving safely. This will include enforcing contraventions in bus lanes, yellow lines, footway parking, dropped kerbs, and double parking.

Obstructions (e.g. of disabled bays) and individual resident requests will also be enforced. All bus lanes and all other on-street restrictions will be enforced unless street signs indicate otherwise.

Extra CEOs will be deployed to monitor the route itself on the day as well as helping motorists find a safe and convenient space to park in adjacent roads.

Residents who live or work on the relay route are asked not to park their vehicles in bays from the evening of Thursday 24 July until after the torch has passed.


A Temporary Traffic Order will be in place along the entire length of the route with waiting restrictions introduced and all parking bays suspended, including CPZs. Both will be enforceable through the use of PCNs.

Residents and business living or working on the route will receive a letter shortly with further details and timings.

Once the flame has passed, a following vehicle will quickly remove cones, signs and barriers to allow traffic to return to normal as quickly as possible.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“As the torch relay will provide this borough with a once in a lifetime opportunity, enforcing parking restrictions as if it were a bank holiday is the most sensible option.

“This will not only allow as many residents as possible to come and see the Olympic flame but will allow this to happen in a safe and organised way.

“I urge residents to use public transport where possible or make use of the borough’s free main car parks on the day if driving is necessary.”

Visit here a full list of council car parks and more information about the Olympics in the borough, including the Torch relay route.