Yellow lines

Yellow lines are provided where there is a need to restrict parking to help alleviate traffic flow and to prevent obstructions on the highway.

There are only two types used:

  1. Double lines usually to mark lengths of road where there is no waiting at any time. However there are exceptions to this and supplementary plates fixed to lighting columns or posts will tell you what the actual restriction is.

  2. Single lines usually indicate a shorter period of restriction such as daytime. Again supplementary plates will show the actual times.

Loading restrictions are shown by yellow markings on the kerb and on the supplementary plates.

White lines on the road are provided to help road users by giving different types of information on lane use and directions.

All lines on the highway must be authorised by the Council as Highway Authority. Special lines are allowed with prior approval of the Department for Transport, or if they are experimental and under trial.

The Highway Maintenance and Operations Group of the Environmental Services Directorate is responsible for maintaining all lining and markings on the adopted highway network. This includes both white lines and yellow lines, in accordance with the Traffic Signs Manual and a host of various Traffic Regulation Orders, made individually under powers contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Acts.

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Highways & Engineering Service
Henshaw House
Cheapside
Oldham
OL1 1NY
Tel 0161 770 4325