The proposals include:
- No-Entry into Sheridan Road from Mostyn Road & One-Way westbound in Sheridan Road (from Church Lane to Mostyn Road).
- No-Right Turn from Church Lane into Kingston Road.
- No-Right Turn from Kingston Road into Church Lane.
- No-Left Turn from Aylward Rd into Leafield Rd
Back in the early days of the pandemic last year, as the sun shone and the roads of Merton Park grew unnaturally calm as the traffic disappeared, we were told about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN’s) and how they could improve opportunities for walking and cycling by discouraging through traffic. Instead, School Streets came along first, and LTN’s got pushed to the back of the queue for funding from TfL.
Now as the winter rains fall and the traffic is back, you have the opportunity to comment on a possible LTN for Merton Park. This has been drafted by TfL with information from Merton’s Traffic and Highways department, and is designed to prevent through traffic from using Merton Park’s residential roads to bypass congestion on Kingston Road. Houses in the roads affected have received a newsletter and plan from the council, but if you have not seen it you can download a copy here.
This LTN differs from early LTN’s in other London boroughs in two important respects. Consultation is to take place before the LTN is implemented, not concurrently; and road closures do not depend on physical barriers (eg planters), but rely on ANPR cameras to monitor banned turns. This is to allow access for emergency vehicles without restrictions.
Everyone within the catchment area of the LTN will be affected in different ways depending on their usual patterns and modes of travel, and everyone will need to come to their own views on its potential benefits and drawbacks.
- Will it make your road quieter and safer for pedestrians and cyclists by eliminating through traffic?
- Are you prepared to change your own travel patterns to accommodate the LTN?
MPWIR is here to represent the residents of Merton Park, and as your ward councillors we believe in listening to what you have to say. We undertake to support the outcome of the consultation, and respect the views of the majority on whether or not to go ahead with the proposed LTN for Merton Park.
You can also see other LTN proposals and further reading here.