Dulwich Village junction closure

Southwark have published a list of road closures and other measures they are enacting under the emergency powers they have been granted in connection with the Covid-19 crisis.
Southwark have taken to opportunity to close off Calton Avenue at the junction with Dulwich Village, such that motor traffic will not be able to turn from Dulwich Village into Calton Avenue/ Court Lane, or visa versa.
Effective 15 June, for 18 months.
See links  http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50023147&Opt=0
Details of the first wave of measures for Dulwich Village can be found here: http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/documents/s89209/APPENDIX%203%20-%20DULWICH%20VILLAGE.pdf
We had feared that Southwark might do this, in isolation and without any of the other measures designed to mitigate displacement traffic, and had made strong representations to them.  These have clearly been ignored.
For your information, a group has been set up called ‘One Dulwich’, which is aiming to press Southwark for a more holistic solution  to the traffic issues, avoiding junction closures such as the one above.  It’s separate to the various Residents Associations including ours, but in case anyone is interested in joining in their efforts, I have copied a mail from one of the founders below, including contact details.

“One Dulwich is (so far) a large and growing group of residents in what Southwark has called Area B in the ‘Our Healthy Streets’ consultation. We support the overall objectives of ‘Our Healthy Streets’ – that is, reducing traffic, improving air quality and making active travel (cycling and walking) easier and safer – but believe that timed restrictions (stopping through traffic at peak times), as opposed to permanent closures, would be a more proportionate response.

Further, we have suggested that using timed restrictions in both Area B and Area C – so managing through traffic across the area as a whole – might be a sensible solution, if this is supported by residents in Area C.

We are a very new group. On 27 April, we wrote to our councillors Margy Newens and Richard Leeming, copying in the cabinet member Richard Livingstone and our MP Helen Hayes, with the attached proposal, signed by 40 residents. (Many of us are members of residents’ associations. But there have been major divisions of opinion within RAs, and on individual roads, so we felt it was better to be independent.) Since then, the group has grown very fast, and we are gathering supporters, and their email addresses, daily. 

Since we sent the original proposal, we have also sent a discussion document to our councillors, copying in Clement Agyei-Frempong, which includes research into timed restrictions, and how they are used in the UK. We are not highways engineers, so we have no expertise in cameras, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), or residents’ permits. But from what we understand, the main component of many schemes (School Streets, city-centre restricted traffic zones, etc) is the use of signs, with spot checks to catch non-permit holders  – so a much less expensive proposition than we originally thought, and certainly easy to trial.

I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t received an enthusiastic response from our councillors, who are very wedded to the Our Healthy Streets proposals. We are also now facing, as you know, the closure of Dulwich Village junction under an Experimental Traffic Order. 

We would be very pleased if anyone in Dulwich Village, College Road or Woodyard Lane wanted to support our proposal for timed restrictions as opposed to permanent closures. We do need to build up a body of support very quickly, as there are a number of lobby groups that are very vocal champions for permanent closures. For the time being, please email me (with your name and the road you live on) at marianne.kavanagh@btinternet.com (we are setting up a website, dedicated email, etc, over the next few days). I will keep data secure on behalf of One Dulwich and will not share it with third parties.”

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