Life must be intolerable for some of the Bromley residents in ‘Auckland Island’ who are now experiencing high levels of traffic driving through their area. There are a number of factors at play:
- the constriction at the end of Church Road due to the collapsed building
- an increase in local residential traffic seeking a way out to Church Road
- satellite navigation software directing traffic through to save a minute over driving up Anerley Hill.
This appeal seeks to address the last 2 issues, though perhaps Croydon Council should be petitioned to take a more active role in finding a solution to the collapsed building.
There are obviously many Bromley residents, like their neighbours in Croydon, who are keen to create a safe neighbourhood for their children, one where everyone can socialise and not have to be worried about noise and pollution. One where people dominate, not the car. This is the principle behind Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and they are becoming increasingly popular in this country having proved a success on the continent.
This does not mean that the LTN implemented by Croydon Council was well designed. It was a swift response to the government, who being aware that many more people were taking up walking and cycling in response to the Covid-19 crisis, “expected local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians”. The government & TFL also provided a modest budget.
Here then is a proposal that residents in both boroughs can discuss and improve on.
This website will publish any other proposals that support the basic tenets of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
Defend one road from rat run traffic, then all other roads in the area are protected and most of the current barriers can be removed.
This road is of course Lancaster Road/Auckland Road/Hamlet Road.
A geographic, not political boundary
Our Low Traffic Neighbourhood should be defined by the following main roads as boundary:
- High Street (A213)
- South Norwood Hill (A215)
- Church Road (A212)
- Anerley Hill (A214)
- + the railway
What needs preventing?
The purpose of rat running traffic is to travel from one of the main roads listed above to another. Before the bus gate was installed the chosen route for nearly all combinations of entry/exit points to main roads was along Lancaster Road/Auckland Road/Hamlet Road.
With only a bus gate installed (at its current location) and no other control points, rat run traffic would be restricted to:
- in the Southern Peninsula – High Street (A213) <> South Norwood Hill (A215) for which they must drive along Lancaster Road/Auckland Road
- in the Northern Peninsula – Church Road (A212) <> Anerley Hill (A214) for most of which they would drive along Hamlet Road/Auckland Road although there is another ridiculous route currently being exploited as a rat run along Belvedere Road.
What needs protecting?
Safe route to schools
Some 700 pupils attend Cypress Road School. 75% of them live within 500m of the school, so we should expect several hundred children to be walking along Auckland Road to school.
Some 1500 students attend Harris Academy South Norwood. Their average distance from home is 1.25km so we can assume that many of them will be walking along Auckland Road/ Lancaster Road.
The homes of the 1200 students attending Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are scattered more widely but with a concentration to the west of South Norwood Hill. Many of those walking would use Auckland Road and also the South Norwood Lakes to cut through to Maberley Road.
London Cycle Network Route 29
LCN 29 provides a safe North/South route along Lancaster Road and Auckland Road leading to Crystal Palace Park. From there it links up with other cycle networks to the city. This is the only viable commuter route which might attract others to ride to work.
It also offers connectivity towards these schools: Kingsdale, the Dulwich Foundation Schools, Sydenham High School, Sydenham Girls School and Forest Hill Boys.
Walking to the shops
Anyone wanting a pleasant walk through Stambourne Woods to get to Crystal Palace triangle would first have to walk along Auckland Road. Even more reason it should be designated as a Local Green Space in the Croydon Local Plan.
So the proposal here is to install camera controlled resident access points at the entrances to Lancaster Road (3) and Hamlet Road (4) and keep the bus gate at the border of the two ‘peninsulas’.
At the same time remove all the road blocks in Fox Hill, Stambourne Way, Sylvan Hill, Warminster Road and Lancaster Road – rat run traffic will not use these roads if it can’t get out.
More complex detail
Provided the bus gate remains, in the Southern Peninsula there is only need of a single camera controlled resident access point at the beginning of Lancaster Road (3).
The solution for the Northern Peninsula is more complex.
Should Bromley residents opt in, then a camera controlled resident access point at the beginning of Hamlet Road (4) would be the main defence. There would need to be additional defence of Belvedere Road (*) which could be a combination of resident access point and/or making streets one way (eg Belvedere one way down hill). This would be up to Bromley residents to decide.
If Bromley residents opt out, then a camera controlled resident access point in place of the width restriction at the green on Auckland Road (1) , plus blocking up the small off-shoot from the bottom of Fox Hill to Belvedere Road and another camera controlled resident access point on Maberley Road (2) somewhere between Belvedere Road and Mowbray Road would completely stop rat run traffic.
Who should be on the databases?
The camera controlled resident access points would have to be connected to databases which will be populated with vehicles that are registered to local streets. Residents would only have access to their own peninsula.
Should Bromley Council decide to opt out, Bromley residents in the northern peninsula should not be penalised. Croydon Council should accept all valid applications from Bromley residents living in the northern peninsula.
- Easy emergency access to all roads
- Residents would have direct access to their own roads
- Residents would get access to both main roads on their peninsula
- Non-residents would only have access via one main road on each peninsula eliminating the incentive for rat-run traffic to enter the LTN (this traffic has to enter and leave by the same main road)
- Residents in the north peninsula would not be forced to go around the Triangle
- Residents in the south peninsula would not be forced to navigate the traffic lights at the bottom of South Norwood Hill.
- 3 cameras + setting up the resident databases
- minor road improvements
Retaining the bus gate is central to this proposal. Who should be allowed through has not been addressed specifically here as it is a complex issue in its own right. At the very least it should be possible for less abled people to gain direct access to the surgery in Auckland Road. In the meantime, see: