Long-term Chair of Turney Road Residents Association, Michael Wilkins, with the support of neighbours has issued a plea to Turney Road residents:
The Residents Association are asking you to take action before the 29th March, to reduce pollution and make Turney a residential street again where it is safer to drive and cycle, pleasanter to walk, and live.
This is all about Southwark Council’s proposals to reduce in Dulwich Village The plan includes the closure of the junction of Carlton Avenue, Court Lane and Dulwich Village at the traffic lights. This is calculated to increase traffic on Turney and surrounding roads. Surveys show that currently up to 700 cars per hour travel along Turney in the afternoon and evening. The Turney – Burbage route through to Half Moon Lane in the morning is one of the busiest roads in the area.
The Residents Association is unhappy with the proposals for Area C which includes Turney. It is concerned that the plan:
- does not stop through traffic in the afternoon/evening peak hours, a time when all of Turney is busy both ways.
- creates a one way street at the Village end of Turney going westward all day. This would increase pollution around the Village schools.
- makes the cycle way along the road more dangerous.
These proposals do not deliver the stated objectives of the Healthy Streets Initiative on Turney Road.
Completing the Council’s online survey:
The Residents Association has agreed alternative options with Southwark Council. However as the Council Survey was published prior to these negotiations it does not include these options.
So if you support the Turney Road Residents Association then it suggests you complete the Southwark Survey as follows:
- for the Burbage Road proposals select no change
- for the Turney Road proposals select no change
- for the timed access restriction northbound on Dulwich Village and northwest bound on Burbage Road select support.
Use questions 8 and 9 to ask for the two extra options we have agreed with Southwark:
- a) a closure of Turney Road at the railway bridge to stop through traffic along Turney, and
- b) a closure of both Turney and Burbage Roads at the railway bridges
This will better meet the objective to reduce through traffic on Turney in both directions.
Turney Road has the second highest traffic for a residential road in Dulwich. Closure will reduce traffic and pollution outside our homes and at the Hamlet and Infant schools and give us safer roads for the many young and elderly who live on it and travel along it.
This is a rare chance to improve our quality of life and make it safer. It may not be repeated anytime soon. Southwark Council is listening but we need to make the case.
Turney Road residents are urged to go online and complete the Southwark Survey at https://consultations.southwark.gov.uk/environment-leisure/our-healthy-streets-dulwich-phase-3/. This survey closes on March 29th. The survey can be completed more than once and the last one overrides earlier ones.