Westminster City Council is to extend car parking charges until midnight from Monday to Saturday and from 1-6pm on Sundays.
In a bid to stop congestion, the council is to scrap free evening parking, which currently applies from 6.30pm onwards, banning drivers from leaving cars on single yellow lines. The measures, which will be introduced on an experimental basis for a period of up to 18 months as of December, will also include permanent controls north of Oxford Street.
The Earl of Bradford, proprietor of Porter's Restaurant and Covent Garden Grill and chairman of the Restaurant Association, said the move would deter people from travelling into the West End and affect all businesses in the are.
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