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Red lines are used on some of the main and important roads in London instead of yellow lines.

The double and single red lines used on Red Routes indicate that stopping to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle is prohibited.

You can stop and unload or load only at designated red route box bays which will be marked on the road. A nearby sign will detail the restrictions. These provide a relatively short free period, typically between 10 am and 4pm.

These routes are marshalled by little silver Smart cars with cameras as well as the growing number of traffic enforcement cameras.

All the red route box bays you can use to load / unload are marked on the detailed London Street map.

White Box

White Box

A box MARKED IN WHITE means that it is available throughout the day.

Red Box

Red Box

A box MARKED IN RED indicates that it may only be available for the purpose specified for part of the day (eg between busy peak periods).

Red Route Box Bays for loading/unloading

Red Route Box Bays for loading/unloading

Red boxes marked on the road indicate that parking or loading is permitted during the off peak times, normally between 10am and 4pm.

There are several different types of box. Some allow loading and unloading, others allow short term free parking.

The rules in each case are clearly shown on a sign beside the box.

Red Route Clearway

Red Route Clearway

Part of the Red Route network is made up of Clearways. On these roads there are signs but no red lines except at some roundabouts and junctions. Stopping is only permitted in marked lay-bys.

Single red lines

Single red lines

Single red lines mean stopping is NOT permitted during the times indicated, which will typically be around the rush hour. All restrictions are shown on nearby signs.

The red lines apply to the carriageway, pavement and verge.

Double red lines

Double red lines

Double red lines ALWAYS mean no stopping at any time.

The red lines apply to the carriageway, pavement and verge.