Tourists dump cars on streets 'for up to eight weeks' to avoid airport parking costs - METRO
Frustrated homeowners have hit out at the number of cars left in their streets, as holidaymakers look to avoid airport parking charges.
People in Bristol say more and more vehicles are clogging up their their streets as summer approaches.
The south of the city has allegedly been turned into a ‘giant unregulated car park’.
Kings Head Lane, Marguerite Road and Poplar Road are key residential areas targeted by thrifty travellers.
Mike Willcox, who lives on Kings Head Lane, told ITV News: ’Last week, practically every car parked at the top of Kings Head Lane was for the airport with hardly any room for residents to park.
‘We get cars coming and going in the middle of the night, banging their car doors and boots, keeping people awake.’
Many are parking on the affected streets before catching the Airport Flyer bus to reach the airport.
Cars have used nearby residential areas for years, but there was a noticeable drop in traffic during the coronavirus pandemic.
But now, the situation has led to breaking point for some disgruntled residents.
Conservative councillor Richard Eddy has been trying to raise the issue with airport bosses.
He told ITV: ‘The number of airport passengers parking free of charge in residential streets has soared.
‘Householders have to endure motorists parked 24/7 outside their homes for a week or a fortnight.