Southwark Council has opened a consultation on its next round of proposals for managing the increasing traffic problems confronting the Village. The proposals are wide-ranging and include closure of parts of Burbage Road or one-way entry as well as on part of Turney Road.
The proposals are part of the Council’s ‘Our Healthy Streets’ Programme and are available to read on the Council website. It is an easy read with an illuminating diagram of the possible road changes.
The Council has found that we have particularly busy streets which at times carry the traffic levels of ‘A-roads’ – more than 7000 through journeys per day. Much of this is commuter traffic – though this observer can’t help noticing too that traffic drops off markedly at school holiday time as vehicles delivering pupils disappear.
Of course, high traffic levels bring air pollution, especially as many vehicles are trade vehicles which are almost all diesel-fueled, as are many of the pupil delivering vehicles.
The Council is seeking comments from residents on the proposals throughout the period to 29 March 2020. There is an online questionnaire and documents which may be downloaded from the Council’s website where there is much more information.
Transport for London will be carrying out works at the junction of College Road and the South Circular in July to enable eastbound school coaches to turn left into College Road in the future, thus avoiding Calton Avenue. The work includes the relocation of a pedestrian crossing, the installation of new traffic signals and the construction of an enlarged pavement area, and will be conducted in TWO phases
Phase 1: This phase will be undertaken between 8 July and 22 July 2019 and requires a full road closure during this period. The works include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island northbound on College Road, and there will also be changes to the kerbing, footway paving, fencing, line markings, and a new traffic signal on College Road southbound.
Phase 2: This work will be undertaken in early to mid-December and include the demolition, relocation and construction of the traffic island eastbound and westbound on the A205 Dulwich Common (South Circular). There will also be changes to the kerbing, footway, carriageway paving, line markings and new traffic signals.
TfL will write to residents in November 2019 to confirm in more detail any temporary road closures that are needed to facilitate this second phase of work. We have been told that the break in the work phases is a result of close liaison with Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark councils who all have planned street works taking place. The works are being phased to avoid any potential conflicts.
PHASE 1 – UPCOMING CLOSURE, 8 July 2019 – 22 July 2019:
TfL will need to close the northern part of College Road in both directions. The aim is to minimise disruption. Work will largely be undertaken between 08:00 – 17:00, though some work will take place at night during the weekends when the roads are less busy – TfL will ensure the noisiest work is completed by midnight.
- College Road will be closed 24 hours a day.
- Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout works.
- Buses will be diverted during this work phase. Routes P4 and P13 will be temporarily diverted and bus stops between Dulwich Common and Dulwich Village will be closed. TfL will place notices at affected stops to guide customers to the nearest alternative stop.
- Temporary traffic signals will be in place for duration of the works 24 hours a day
- TfL will signpost local diversion routes during these closures, and local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.
TfL have said that they will make every effort to finish the works on time, although poor weather conditions may mean they need to reschedule at short notice. Visit tfl.gov.uk/trafficnews or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for live road travel updates.
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This week the council’s contractors have started on the long-planned changes to the layout of the Dulwich Village crossroads.
Many changes have been made to the junction over the years to try to accommodate the many pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists, lorries, vans, coaches, buses and cars which use it. The junction is on a popular road route in and out of the centre of London and for traffic going east/west across south London. By and large it is a manageable junction – until school term starts. Then thousands of schoolchildren and their cars, cycles and coaches converge and join in the morning and evening rush.
Changes made in the past to enable the mixed traffic to move more easily have included changing the phasing of the traffic lights, lengthening the time allowed for pedestrians to enter the junction, changing road traffic priorities (several times}, narrowing the entry to Calton Avenue, building a road platform on Court Lane entry, inserting bollards.
Under the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, creating better roads for the fast increasing number of cyclists became a priority. Cycling Superhighways were developed elsewhere in London as well as ‘Quietways’. In Southwark, the Mayor encouraged the creation of a ‘Quietway’ between the Elephant & Castle and Crystal Palace. The route has been planned for over two years and has generally been welcomed north of Dulwich but has met fierce opposition here. Following extensive consultations and many meetings Southwark Council has resolved to proceed with the Quietway and in the Dulwich section has started with the new layout for the Village junction. The re-design of the junction is in the following link: Dulwich Village Junction changes 2017
Changes to Calton Avenue and Turney Road will follow in 2018.
Residents have received a letter through their doors saying works to install the Quietway will start next Monday 7 August. This came as a surprise as the Council has not yet decided to proceed with the Quietway.
Council officers have made their final proposals and it is expected that just a rubber-stamp formal decision will be made, as we were previously told, by 27 July by the relevant Councillor.
That decision has not been made, so maybe there are further thoughts being had at the Town Hall. Maybe Cllr Wingfield whose responsibility it is to make the final decision is having doubts. Or perhaps he has just been too busy on a host of other matters which have taken precedence.
It seems the letters to residents have come out too quickly and before the decision has been made. Village Councillor Jane Lyons tells us she expects a decision TOMORROW and that the works will NOT start on Monday!
The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is seeking new trustees and is particularly keen to see applicants from the local community. After rescuing the famous velodrome from dereliction and threat of closure, some trustees are retiring and the team needs strengthening. The Trust has done a fantastic job. As well as a new track which is increasingly heavily used by both top cyclists and locals including children, a new Pavilion will open soon.
For further information see below:
Herne Hill Velodrome Trust is a charitable and not for profit trust which maintains and develops the Herne Hill Velodrome on Burbage Road as a sustainable and vibrant community-based facility for healthy recreation, principally, but not limited to, track cycling and mountain biking, accessible to users of all ages, capabilities and abilities from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds.
The Trust is looking for additional Trustees as it moves to take responsibility for the operation of the site now the new pavilion is nearing completion.
All Trustees share collective responsibility for delivering the objects of the Trust, working in line with the requirements of the Charity Commission. The Trust will operate through two bodies – a Trading Company, to oversee the operation of the Track, and a Fundraising Committee to plan a long-term and sustainable financial future for the site.
The Trust is looking for local residents to join the Trust. it needs people with significant relevant skills, in particular in the operation of a charitable Trust and in fundraising.
More details about the Velodrome are available at www.hernehillvelodrome.com.
If you are interested or want to discuss what is required, please email our Secretary Trustee, Simon Burton, at firstname.lastname@example.org
At this week’s Dulwich Community Council (DCC) the meeting chair read out the following statement regarding Quietway 7.
“The cabinet member requested officers, following feedback at the last community council meeting, to reconsider various aspects of the design and related issues. In particular officers were asked to conclude the Foundation Schools Coach service study (working in partnership with the Foundation schools) and this work has now been completed and an action plan around the high priority issues has been developed. It is expected that this will lead to significant improvements in the impact of the service on the local community, including the removal of 10 of 11 coaches from Calton Avenue each morning and significantly less coach congestion on Townley Road in the afternoon.
He has also secured a commitment from Transport for London (TfL) to attend a stakeholder meeting in Dulwich in the coming weeks, and if the Quietway proposals are to proceed, the cabinet member is committed to continued working with TfL and the community on a holistic study of traffic issues in the Dulwich area over the next year.”