London road snares almost £1m in traffic fines in 2010
Drivers on a single road in South London were stung for traffic fines worth £914,040 in 2010, the most in the capital.
Parking officers and two bus lane cameras on Clapham Park Road combined to issue 16,800 tickets, worth as much as £2,500 for every day in the last year.
The road in Lambeth, which is less than half a mile long, dwarfed the totals raised by other London streets. The next most profitable in the city was the four mile long Green Lanes in Haringey, which raised £606,903, followed by The Broadway/Herbert Rd in Ealing, which raked in £534,041.
But despite the sterling efforts of these streets, the borough that hauled in the most money from motorists was Kensington and Chelsea. A Freedom of Information act request by the Evening Standard showed that the council took a massive £36m across its area.
This was spread across a variety of streets though, with none reaching the heights of Clapham's biggest earner – the most profitable street in Kensington and Chelsea was the famous King's Road, which took £203,123.
Clapham Park Road has a small section of shops and a couple of pubs and bars, but is largely residential. Many of the tickets will have come from drivers straying into the two sections of bus lane, while the rest have been blamed on "over zealous parking attendants."
A Lambeth spokesman told the Standard: "This is an extremely busy area used by thousands of vehicles a day and a minority of motorists add to congestion by driving in the bus lane."
The top twenty earners were as follows:
Clapham Park Road (Lambeth) - £914,040
Green Lanes (Haringey) - £606,903
The Broadway/Herbert Rd (Ealing) - £534,041
Kentish Town Road (Camden) - £395,491
Mare Street (Hackney) - £356,012
Chiswick High Road (Hounslow) - £351,416
Elephant Road (Southwark) - £327,472
Lea Bridge Road (Waltham Forest) - £250,270
King's Road (Kensington & Chelsea) - £203,123
Penge High Street (Bromley) - £194,005
Baker Street (Westminster) - £189,515
Uxbridge High Street (Hillingdon) - £172,075
London Road (Croydon) - £171,295
Hackney Road (Tower Hamlets) - £145,612
Macfarlane Road (H'smith & Fulham) - £135,319
Garratt Lane (Wandsworth) - £118,436
Wellington Street (Greenwich) - £75,726
Yew Grove (Barnet) - £47,910
Market Place Car Park (Havering) - £34,185
Grove Road (Sutton) - £22,686