Update on Burbage and Turney Roads Traffic

Burbage Road Traffic Committee
Update bulletin – 13/10/2020


We have recently been advised of the following additional information from Southwark.

“It is recommended that a bus and cycle gate with a northbound camera access restriction is installed at the junction of College Road roundabout and Burbage Road” The bus and cycle gate will be enforceable Monday to Friday from 8 –10 am and 3 – 6 pm. The restrictions will include exemptions for emergency services, taxis, refuse vehicles and pedal-cycles.

This advice is in addition to the earlier decision to place two cameras at the Burbage Turney Crossroads to restrict traffic travelling eastbound on Turney and northbound on Burbage Monday to Friday from 8 –10 am and 3 – 6 pm.
We currently expect these Crossroad cameras to be installed at the end of October.

However, the new camera at the village roundabout referred to above was actually installed last week.  

(Please note: We understand that there will be a short grace period to get everyone familiar with these new arrangements before fines are levied.) 

The BRRA Road committee has recently met with Councillors over a two day period (morning and afternoon) to monitor the traffic at the Burbage – Turney crossroads.

We repeated our belief that the timings of the road closure should be more in harmony with the actual traffic rhythms of the road i.e 07:30 – 09:00 and 15.30 to 18.30 hrs, and that Residents should be able to return to their homes unhindered during the times of these restrictions with some sort of permit.

On timings It was clear from discussions with councillors that they want to let the new changes bed in to see how behaviours may change. They were hopeful that the new and yet to be installed right-hand filter from the Village into East Dulwich Grove coupled with the anticipated finish of the Bridgeworks in Herne Hill (mid-Jan 2021), would both reduce the traffic flows considerably in our road.

Whilst Council traffic readings are expected shortly for the month of September, the next accessible set comes three months later in December, so we do not expect to have these before next January which will then, of course, include the effects of the cameras. Sadly we understand that the Council cannot afford access to the monitoring figures more frequently than this.

Councillors acknowledged the need for permits, but tell us that they have to be linked to Controlled Parking Zones CPZ’s. We are aware that One Dulwich is trying to find working London based boroughs that have Permit schemes which are not based on CPZ’s so as to accelerate the Permit issuing process.  We think the reality is that we will be in for quite a long wait before this issue is in any way resolved.

The Council’s traffic management proposal is subject to Experimental Traffic Management Order (ETMO). As such consultation and feedback will be considered during the period of the order and a decision made on whether the order is to be made permanent, amended or rescinded after a period, normally six to twelve months. The maximum time an experimental order can be in place is eighteen months.    

We will continue to push for improvements to the scheme on your behalf and the first six-month review of the scheme as a whole will fall shortly before Christmas. As the figures for the December traffic will not be made available until January, and the Herne Hill railway bridge repairs not completed before mid-January, we can’t see any longer-term decisions being made before then. We hope this helps keep you up to date with how things appear to be, but nothing is certain.