Village junction closure and 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 ( please e-mail the Cabinet Office minister at – ideally TODAY so he has your representation while he deliberates tomorrow.  We must each follow our consciences, but we think that the major concern is around access – see below.

As a reminder, Southwark plan the following camera-controlled restrictions which would apply weekdays 8am-10am and 3pm-6pm; these restrictions would not apply to buses, taxis or emergency vehicles but they would apply to residents (ie if we go through the restrictions, we would be fined):
– Northbound restriction on Dulwich Village road, north of the the roundabout/ junction with College Road
– Northbound restriction in Burbage Road, north of the junction with Turney Road
– Eastbound restriction on Turney Road, east of the junction with Burbage Road

– 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.

In summary, we expressed the following views which reflect the balance of opinion among the 40+ residents we have spoken to:
– the junction closure has caused significant issues and in some cases real hardship for residents, particularly those living on Dulwich Village
– the phase 2 measures are needed to fix a problem which Southwark should not have created in the first place
– the key issue for our residents arising from the phase 2 measures is access; in combination, they mean that during the restricted hours, it will be very hard for residents on Dulwich Village to access their homes by car from the south, or for residents on College Road/ Woodyard Lane to head north (for instance to Kings Hospital)
– this raises many issues around carers, deliveries, hospital visits, mini-cabs

– 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.

Click here to view and download map

We have urged our Councillors to be imaginative and come up with some simple scheme for resident access – see the attached mail.

Dear Richard,

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.

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