New policy on road markings adjacent to crossovers

Response from Southwark Council to Member enquiry from Cllr Jane Lyons regarding the proposed implementation of double yellow lines adjacent to crossovers to private drives.

Our Reference: 495472

Dear Councillor Lyons

Thank you for your enquiry dated 9 February 2015 in which you requested information regarding the policy on road markings adjacent to crossovers on behalf of your constituent Mr Ian McInnes (Chair of the Dulwich Society).

The council has three Design Standards that are pertinent to your enquiry:

I can summarise these standards as follows, the council:

  • will not install any new white H-Bar markings and will remove existing features as opportunity arises (eg. road resurfacing or a highway project)
  • will apply double yellow lines across new vehicle crossovers
  • will extend those double yellow lines for a length not less than 2 metres beyond the extent of the crossover (length will depend upon road classification)

For clarity, these policies mostly concern themselves with new crossovers. For the reasons given below, we do plan to remove existing H-Bars as opportunity arises but these will not be replaced by yellow lines unless a specific need is identified (and any new yellow lines will be subject to consultation). I note Mr McInnes’ concern that double yellow lines remove some flexibility about house owners allowing friends etc to park in front of their existing drive.

Historically H Bar markings were placed on streets as the council did not have the power to enforce against vehicles which were parked over a dropped kerb. The council now has the power to enforce such illegal parking. As such, the council considers the advisory H-bar to be an unnecessary road marking that brings little benefit. Most dropped kerbs are very obvious and therefore do not require additional signage to point them out. Consequently, the Council has ceased the installation of H-bar markings and now undertakes a policy of removing the existing markings when practicable.

For residents that are concerned that their driveway will be blocked in the absence of an ‘H bar’, the council will take enforcement action against vehicles that block access, however this service requires the explicit ‘opting in’ from the resident concerned.  More details of this policy and how to request the service can be found here.

In respect of Mr McInnes’ question about consultation, the Southwark Streetscape Design Manual (SSDM) was approved by Individual Decision by the relevant Cabinet Member in December 2012 after a public consultation and Equality Impact Assessment. The approved structure authorises the Head of Public Realm to agree individual design standards via the council’s scheme of delegation. The three standards you are enquiring about (DS. 002, 007 and 114) were approved in May and December 2013.
Should you have any questions about this response please do not hesitate to contact me on 02075252021 or email Tim.Walker@southwark.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 
Tim Walker
Senior Engineer
Tooley St – Third Floor, Hub 1
PO Box 64529
London
SE1P 5LX
Tim.Walker@southwark.gov.uk

 

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