Kingston Council to create three new low traffic neighbourhoods to support active travel and aid social distancing
Today, the council announced it will be introducing a number of temporary measures to tackle through-traffic (rat running) in residential neighbourhoods and maximise space for pedestrians and cyclists
The new measures will be delivered in autumn as part of the Travel for London (TfL) Streetspace programme and the Government's Emergency Active Travel scheme.
Low traffic neighbourhoods are groups of residential streets, bordered by main roads, where ‘through’ motor vehicle traffic is discouraged or removed. Modal filters (barriers that are permeable to pedestrians and cyclists), are strategically placed to prevent vehicle access on select roads to stop motorists using the area as a cut-through.
These changes will provide more safe opportunities for people to make journeys by foot or bike rather than by car, as well as help people maintain social distancing.
Low traffic neighbourhoods also support the council’s ambitions to become a more sustainable borough, delivering safer roads, promoting active travel and improving air quality.
We are currently trialling a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Kingston Town. Heavy Goods Vehicles can no longer access Queens Road and Crescent Road, providing more streetspace and improving access to Richmond Park for pedestrians and cyclists. The scheme also complements our school streets in the area.
New Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Chessington - Mount Road, Roebuck Road and Chantry Road
This residential area adjoins Chessington Industrial Estate and is bounded by the A3, A243 and A240. Modal filters will be installed on Mount Road, Roebuck Road and Chantry Road to reduce through-traffic in the area. The surrounding roads will be monitored to understand where displaced vehicles are diverted to.
Kingston Town - Albert Road
Albert Road is regularly used as a cut-through by motorists trying to avoid the main road junction with Cambridge Road. A modal filter will be installed at the Albert Road/Hawks Road junction to make this residential road safer by preventing vehicle access. To achieve this, a section of Albert Road’s one-way system will be reversed (southbound) and alterations will be made to the contraflow cycle lane (northbound).
Street space will be maximised to aid social distancing to support pedestrians and cyclists, including local families on the school run.
Kingston Town - Lower Ham Road area
Paths and roads are narrow in this area and traffic congestion is common. A modal filter will be installed on Lower Ham Road (between Woodside Road and Bank Lane) to prevent through-traffic and minimise vehicle movements. Vehicles will maintain access to properties and businesses in one direction. These changes will create a quieter and safer environment for people to enjoy walking and cycling close to the river.
Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council said:
“The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority in Kingston and we are working hard to transform our public spaces to make it easier for you to walk and cycle whilst maintaining social distancing.”
“We remain fully committed to creating safer, more active and greener streets for everyone to enjoy. These measures are being introduced on an initial trial basis of six months; if they prove successful, subject to consultation with residents, they could be made permanent”.
“We are also assessing a number of other locations that could benefit from similar measures and hope to introduce more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in the near future.”
“Let us know what you think about the temporary safety measures in your area by getting in touch with us on our Let’s Talk portal. We’re keen to find out what is working well, what could be improved and if there are other locations in the borough that could be further adapted to aid social distancing.”
Residents can share their thoughts and suggestions by visiting: kingstonletstalk.co.uk/makingspace.
For more information on getting around Kingston safely, including other temporary measures in place and the latest on our award-winning Go Cycle scheme visit: www.kingston.gov.uk/getting-around-rbk.