PLANS to paint 'unwanted' yellow lines outside of homes were put on hold - only to be told they would be going ahead half a day later.

Campaigning residents claim they were told last night by contractor Ringway plans to paint yellow lines outside their London Road homes would not be going ahead today as planned.

However, as the Worcester News spoke with homeowners a worker came over to tell them the work would be going ahead today after all.

It has left them scratching their head about how the work will be carried out with cars parked along the section nearest to the city centre.

People living nearby have been campaigning against the addition of the temporary lines as it will force people to park on the already congested Fort Royal Hill.

They say more cars will add to the dangers for pedestrians who are already forced to on to the road by cars parked across them or because of high pavements which are difficult to access for people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said: “As part of the experimental traffic regulation order, a single yellow line has been added to London Road today (2 Sept), close to the junction with Foxwell Street.

"White hatching in the centre of London Road close to the Fort Royal Hill junction will be added next week.

"As a consequence of tight work schedules, the single yellow line planned close to Fort Royal Hill not yet been scheduled.”

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The council claim it is a temporary measure to lower congestion and they will be measuring its success before making a decision whether to make them permanent.

A second section due for the temporary yellow lines further up London Road has been coned off ready for work to begin.

The worker told the residents that as soon as that had been completed they would come down to the section outside their homes.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "We received letters last week saying the work would be going on at some point in September but we have not been asked to move our cars."

She pointed out that some of the drivers had left their cars for the day and would not be returning in time to move them before the work begins.

Councillor Lynn Denham (Cathedral ward) said: "Residents who are directly affected have received no information about the what is happening, or when by Worcestershire County Council.

"Being told to look out for legal notices on a lamppost or in Worcester News is not good enough when you are about to be prevented from parking outside your home from 7am to 7pm six days a week.

"And the purpose of the 'experimental traffic regulation order' is to relieve the severe congestion which doesn't exist."