Beware Right Turn into Lidl, Hornchurch

Anyone visiting the recently opened Lidl Store in Hornchurch High Street by car should be aware that a right-turn into the store is prohibited and carries a £130 Penalty Change Notice.

Whilst the measure is designed to mitigate against congestion in the High Street, the signage and alternative route is not immediately obvious to many. Since the live introduction of the ‘no right turn’ on 25th May, 701 PCNs have been issued via the camera mounted device.


  1. This is so true if there is a large vehicle in front of you, you can neither see sign. which is not before the turn, and the sign on the road

  2. Isn’t the signage too far past the turn ? Shouldn’t it be “In advance of” and not level with ?

  3. Another money making scheme! 😡

  4. Think it’s ridiculous. The bingo hall didn’t have any restrictions. I don’t go there for this reason.

    • The bingo hall wasn’t open during the day so didn’t cause a traffic problem the reason for the restriction is to prevent this. Makes sense to me

  5. 701 people have been caught since 25th May suggests to me that a very large number of those were not aware of the restriction which means that the signage is not sufficiently clear enough, so due to the incompetence of the Council, then those caught so far should be reimbursed. I am sure that in the next few months there will not be so many people being find which will prove my point.

  6. I too just caught out and utterly confused by the sign being a visitor from out of the area and felt going virtually across albeit at an angle was different from a direct 90 degree right turn. The number of PCN’s issued must be really high so I have asked for a no entry to Lidl sign be added if this restriction is going to make sense to all. An expensive visit to an elderly auntie new to the area to help with taking her shopping!

  7. If this was embedded in the original planning proposal why is it even possible for a right turn into Lidl be possible? Surely they should have made a filter entry so that there is curbing in the way of right turning traffic? As for the signage- it’s a farce- Ahead Only doesn’t mean No right turn- and bizarrely when I learnt to drive I wasn’t taught to look at the tarmac when turning out of a junction like Abs Cross Gardens.

  8. I was told the camara was not working great (?sabortaged)

    • Sorry for the late reply but you’ve just cheered me up. I don’t live in the Hornchurch area and I didn’t now that a Lidl had been built. I saw it from the roadside today and thought I’d pop in.

      I was in a queue I saw neither the road markings nor the sign (being behind a lorry at the time) I drove into the Lidl but then noticed the arrow in the entrance and realised that I had driven in the wrong way.

      I immediately turned around and drive out again whilst checking for other vehicles. It was not my intention to drive in illegally but I genuinely didn’t see any signage due to the traffic.

      I feel that it is unfair to let some drivers off with a warning and expect others to pay. I don’t live anywhere near to Hornchurch and was unaware of any restrictions. My friend whom I was visiting then informed me that the LB Havering were issuing fines/notices.

      Oh, so anyone living in Hornchurch and using the Lidl regularly are let off with a warning initially and anyone else who may not have been aware, due to not living in the area, are expected to pay!

      There may have been notifications and information published locally but if you do not live in the area and are visiting, you would not be privy to this information.

      I did everything possible to correct what I admit was my mistake (turning around and coming out again) but I would say that if a traffic queue of cars obscure the road markings and a tall vehicle obscured the signage it can be difficult to see it.

      As this has happened to me today I am in hope that the camera isn’t working. I don”t feel that it is correct just to drive in and ignore a sign but if other people are issued warnings the first time they do this then I think it should apply to everyone.

      Thank you for your post H – I only hope it wasn’t working today too.

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