WINCHESTER civic chiefs have taken action to stop unofficial car-sharing at the Hockley Viaduct near Winchester.

Commuters have been parking at the lay-by on Hockley Link, next to the Hockley Viaduct, and sharing cars onto work.

Leaving their cars all day has clogged up the layby and deprived other drivers of a space or people wanting to visit the viaduct or the riverside walk along the Itchen.

A city council report said commuters can easily use the South Winchester Park and Ride only a couple of hundred yards away.

Cllr Vicki Weston, the portfolio holder for planning and transport, has agreed a four-hour waiting limit with no return for eight hours, Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm, to stop the commuter use.