by Ruth, Marlene, and Steve on 21 January, 2021
Since the beginning of the trial in Sutton North we have been listening to residents and gathering feedback. In the autumn we held virtual meetings with residents in the Sutton Garden Suburb Conservation Area and in the Woodside Road area. We also organised a residents’ survey to gather feedback on potential improvements to the scheme.
In November 2020, the Council carried out traffic counts at around 20 locations within and on the fringes of the low-traffic area. The low-traffic neighbourhood is divided into smaller residential ‘zones’ or groups of residential roads bordered by main or distributor roads. The idea is that access is maintained to every zone via specific entry/exit points but we prevent through-traffic.
The traffic counts comparing Oct/ Nov with before the trial are here.
The three residential zones are defined as:
Aultone Way area: Residents living on Grennell Road, Rosehill Park West, Rosehill Gardens, Greenhill, Woodend and Aultone Way (and side roads).
Woodside Road area: Residents living on Elgin Road, Woodside Road, Benhill Wood Road (including side roads) between All Saints Road and Oakhill Road.
Benhill Wood Road area: Residents living on Benhill Wood Road (including side roads) between Oakhill Road and Benhill Avenue.
Overall there is a 13% decrease in traffic compared to our baseline data of June 2016 and September 2020. This is a drop from 74,330 cars to 54,688. Grennell Road (between Rosehill Park West and the existing closure) has seen a decrease in traffic of around 70% Northbound and 60% Southbound. Grennell Road between All Saints/ Benhill Road and the existing closure has seen a decrease of around 38%. Elgin Road has seen a decrease in traffic of around 64%, Rosehill Park West a decrease of 64% and Benhill Wood Road of around 25%.
However it is clear from the data and feedback from residents that the existing scheme has increased traffic levels in Woodend, Greenhill and Aultone Way, and in Woodside Road. As a result of this we have worked on potential interventions that could reduce traffic on these roads, maintain the reduction in traffic inside the low traffic areas described above and minimise the impact on car journeys.
The additional proposals are:
ANPR camera allow vehicles through whose registration numbers are recognised as those previously registered with the Council. Other vehicles will get a Penalty Notice.
If the decision is agreed on 28th January at the Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee we would consult those that live inside each of the low-traffic areas about ‘resident access’. Residents would maintain the benefits of driving as they did before the trial but without cut-through traffic. Everyone, including visitors, carers and deliveries would maintain access to each area via specific entry/exit points, but not through the ANPR points. Emergency services would be able to access all the ANPR camera closures. The papers for the Committee meeting are here (item 10).
If introduced, these measures would be trialled for 6 months with a public consultation and further traffic counts before a final decision is made. If progressed, we have asked Council officers for more regular traffic counts on Aultone Way to monitor the impact of the scheme on the road. We have also asked for further measures to be explored to alleviate pressure from the school-run and would continue to monitor traffic levels on neighbouring roads like All Saints Road, Oakhill Road, Edinburgh Road and others.13 Comments