Showing support for Sutton’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

We want better, healthier and safer streets for everyone in the borough.

A street in a low traffic neighbourhood, Waltham Forest (Image: Paul Gasson)

Traffic taking a shortcut through neighbourhood streets, or “rat running”, has many negative effects on residents. It creates noise, danger and pollution, and puts people off walking, cycling or socialising on the street. A low traffic neighbourhood is a whole residential area that is access-only by car. Point closures (like the bollards in the picture above) prevent rat running, but allow people to walk and cycle through. Every street can still be accessed by car.

In low traffic neighbourhoods:

  • Children can play and neighbours socialise
  • Any age can walk or cycle through the area
  • Driving very short journeys is less convenient
  • Traffic within the area reduces by 50% or more, and overall by 15% or more
  • Air pollution, noise and danger drop dramatically.

Sutton Council are starting to introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in:

  • South Sutton & Carshalton
  • North Sutton
  • Wallington (around Butter Hill)
  • North Cheam
  • Worcester Park

The full list of all the Streetspace funding bids the Council has made to Transport for London can be seen here (LB of Sutton).

© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

The changes start to come into force from Monday 7 September, but we shouldn’t expect the infrastructure to be complete on day one.

There are bound to be teething problems. Motorists have had very little warning and sat navs will take time to learn the changes (you can help with this – see below).

A friendly word with any confused motorists will help too. We get some very large vehicles through the neighbourhood who may struggle if they need to turn back.

This will all improve as the scheme beds in, but please expect some confusion and disruption for at least the first week.

A guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (2019) is available to download here (pdf). ‘Evaporating traffic? Impact of low-traffic neighbourhoods on main roads‘ (London Living Streets, July 2019) examine concerns that low-traffic neighbourhoods may divert traffic onto main roads leading to increased congestion and air pollution.

A ‘community right’ to low traffic neighbourhoods is exactly what has been missing for decades of car-centric street design. Children, for instance, have lost the right to play outside, just so that drivers can cut a few corners on their commute.

Clare Rogers (LCC) https://www.lcc.org.uk/articles/gearing-up-to-low-traffic-neighbourhoods-and-school-streets

To show support for your Low Traffic Neighbourhood directly with ward councillors right now use the links below to contact them through writetothem.com. Maybe take ideas from other campaigns such as Gravney Tooting, Tower Hamlets or Enfield for what to include in your message.

  • South Sutton & Carshalton
    • A filter in Kings Lane due 7th September 2020
    • WriteToThem SM1 4PG
      • Jake Short (Liberal Democrat)
      • Jill Whitehead (Liberal Democrat)
      • Chris Williams (Liberal Democrat)
  • North Sutton
    • WriteToThem SM1 3SS
      • Ruth Dombey (Liberal Democrat)
      • Stephen Penneck (Liberal Democrat)
      • Marlene Heron (Liberal Democrat)
  • Wallington (around Butter Hill)
    • Busgate with Mill Lane due 21st September 2020
    • WriteToThem SM5 2TW
      • Marian James (Liberal Democrat)
      • Barry Lewis (Liberal Democrat)
      • Sunita Gordon (Liberal Democrat)
  • North Cheam
    • Esher Rd, Wrayfield Rd opposite Fairlands Park due 7th September 2020
    • WriteToThem SM3 9TJ
      • Martina Allen (Conservative)
      • Peter Geiringer (Conservative)
      • James McDermott-Hill (Conservative)
  • Worcester Park
    • Browning Avenue / Ruskin Dr due 21st September 2020
    • WriteToThem KT4 8LB
      • Jenny Batt (Liberal Democrat)
      • Tom Drummond (Conservative)
      • Drew Heffernan (Liberal Democrat)

Help teach the sat navs
The quicker we can get sat navs to understand these routes have been blocked off, the quicker the scheme will start to work properly. We can as residents report changes to Googlemaps and Waze. The more of us that do this, the better.

We should not do this until the changes are in place but after that please help out. Instructions to do this are copied below

Google maps:
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3094088?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

Waze:
https://support.google.com/waze/answer/7101380?hl=en

Tell the council what you think
Objectors to these schemes won’t be holding back, so those of us who support need to make our voices heard as well.

This does not need to happen immediately – we suggest letting the scheme establish before responding to the consultation – and we will share some suggested points you might want to make (including our aim to bring the missing roads into the LTN).

Once the schemes are launched we will all be able to respond to the consultation via sutton.gov.uk. We suggest seeing how the measures bed in before responding.

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Posted in Areas without through motor traffic, Consultation, Liveable Town Centres, Streetspace
One comment on “Showing support for Sutton’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
  1. Christine Irene Cullen says:

    I agree withe the closure of Butter Hill bridge. It’s long overdue.

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