PARKING tickets handed out to motorists on Saturday are set to be cancelled, the leader of Portsmouth City Council has said.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson apologised for traffic problems caused by work on the M275 at the weekend and has cancelled all fines issued on Saturday as a gesture of goodwill.
He said: ‘The traffic situation last weekend in Portsmouth was quite appalling, and caused real problems to thousands of local residents and visitors. I am trying to get to the bottom of what happened and why. There clearly are lessons to be learned from the appalling management of roadworks, and I apologise.
‘Many people had to abandon their cars just because it was impossible to get anywhere by car. Therefore I have issued an instruction that all parking tickets issued on Saturday will be cancelled. It does not seem right that people who had to abandon their cars should be fined for doing so.
‘Sometimes things are outside of what I can control, so I cannot give a categorical assurance that something like this will not happen again. But I will do my best to make sure it does not.’
Ray Muscat, deputy business unit manager of Colas, the council’s highways contractor, said: ‘We’re very sorry for the disruption our work caused at the weekend. We would like to assure motorists that no further work of this nature will be done until we are satisfied methods have been reviewed and the likelihood for traffic problems is minimised.’