A fair amount has happened since our last report on Southwark’s ‘Covid-19’ road schemes.
Southwark are pressing ahead with their plan, combining the 24/7 Village junction closure (already done) with a brace of timed camera restrictions designed to relieve Dulwich Village of the standing traffic jams caused by that closure. They have added an extra camera restriction on Burbage Road at the junction with College Road, which will stop that road being used as a bypass to Croxted Road, but does amplify the access issues for our residents.
They have started installing the cameras; we are not sure when they will ‘go live’ but expect end-October or thereabouts.
We have developed what we call our ‘Complementary Proposal’ – first outlined in our last mail – which is designed to tweak Southwark’s plan and create a more fair and balanced outcome for our residents, for the shops and restaurants in the village, and importantly for the streets around us. This involves re-opening the village junction and installing a westbound camera on Calton Avenue at the Village junction, and implementing an access scheme for all Southwark residents. The proposal is set out in some detail in a slideshow which is available below.
Southwark have reshuffled their cabinet and Richard Livingston has been replaced by two new Cabinet members – Catherine Rose (email@example.com.
We have met with Catherine and Radha and presented our proposal to them. It was a constructive meeting and they seemed open. We are sending a delegation to Southwark’s Cabinet Meeting on 20 October, which is addressing a petition to remove the various road closures, see link below for the petition (count to date: 2,558). In the interests of balance, there is also a petition to support the closures, also via the link below (count to date 44). We understand the Cabinet meeting proceedings will be ‘live-streamed’ on Youtube so we will send out a link when we get it for anyone interested. There is no guarantee our delegation will be called on to speak but we are hopeful, in which case we will outline the issues caused by the current plan and how we think it could be amended rather than abandoned.
We have also met with The Dulwich Estate, the Dulwich Society and One Dulwich and presented our proposal to each. We are aiming to agree a ‘cross-community’ position which will be harder for Southwark to ignore.
We will update after the Cabinet meeting next week. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to get more involved in this effort, please do reach out.
Link for Southwark petitions:
Please click the link below for the record of decision for Batch 3 Dulwich Village schemes. Cllr Richard Livingstone wants the schemes to go ahead as per the report and explains his rationale & how he intends to review the impact of the changes going forward. No firm date for implementation has been given.
Please click on the link below to access the page on the Southwark Council website featuring an update on the phase 2 measures.
We met with Southwark last week to discuss the impact of the Village junction closure and the proposed phase 2 restrictions.
Southwark’s Cabinet Office minister for Transport is due to make a decision next Tuesday (1 September) on whether or not to proceed with the phase 2 measures, and if he decides to proceed, the precise nature of those restrictions.
If you have a view on the phase 2 measures (http://moderngov.southwark.
– Northbound restriction on Townley Road, at the junction with East Dulwich Grove
A further plan to re-phase the traffic lights at the Dulwich Village/ East Dulwich Grove junction, to allow traffic headed north on Dulwich Village to clear, seems to be delayed pending discussions with TFL.
– we also pressed for increased frequency of the P4 bus, though in practice steps being taken by TFL are likely to reduce access to the P4
To help gauge the impact of the restrictions on access for residents, we have marked up a map of the Dulwich area to show the required detour for a resident trying to get to their home on Dulwich Village from the South – either via Lordship Lane or Croxted Road, see link below. Note that displaced traffic on these routes – together with further traffic reduction measures planned for the Herne Hill junction – are likely to make them increasingly congested and slow to navigate.
As requested here is a link to the description of the Hammersmith & Fulham scheme.
In summary, cameras have been installed on certain roads and access is only for Hammersmith & Fulham residents – the camera simply checks the registration against DVLA records and if the car is registered in the borough, access is allowed.
In the context of the current Southwark plans for Dulwich, we feel that such an approach has the following benefits:
– it is simple to apply and does not require expensive infrastructure to validate and issue permits; DVLA records suffice
– it would achieve a massive reduction in through traffic passing through the village, without dividing the community and with significantly less disruption to businesses
– it could be positioned, if Southwark wished, as an interim solution pending a tighter ‘permitised’ system being introduced alongside a CPZ at some point in the future
We would strongly urge Southwark to pursue this or a similar option. The access issues faced by residents will, after phase 2 has been implemented, be very real and a solution is needed. A resident on Dulwich
Village would, during restricted hours, need to take a huge detour to get to their house from the south, and given the steps being taken elsewhere to restrict traffic, as well as congestion from displaced traffic, the journey will soon become so impractical that it will be moot as to whether residents continue to retain ‘access’ to their homes at all.
As discussed on the call today, resident access would mean that our residents would no longer have as their only northbound ‘access/escape’ route the proposed open route via Burbage/ Turney/ Croxted and thus remove the tension with South Burbage/ West Turney who have expressed a valid concern that their streets will become rat runs to Croxted if the restrictions do not apply from the DV roundabout.
We never wanted to be set against our neighbours in this way.