Brixton Hill councillors are continuing to work with residents of Kildoran, Glenelg and Strathleven roads to address rat running and dangerous driving. Since the issue was first raised by councillors, there have been two serious crashes in these roads, one into a front garden, and residents are understandably concerned by the threat, noise and pollution.
Prior to the accidents, a petition had already been started by Cllr Martin Tiedemann and this was handed in to the Council by Cllr Adrian Garden earlier this year. This has ensured that the cabinet member responsible takes the issue seriously. Residents have continued to write in their concerns and attended our surgery to lobby over the issue this week.
The Council has now confirmed that it will be improving signage to remind drivers this is a 20mph area and to deter rat running. There will also be a proposal to deter through traffic cutting through from Kings Avenue to Brixton by banning right turns into Acre Lane from Strathleven Road.
Brixton Hill Labour councillors have also written to the Council to ask that the new road markings on Strathleven Road be reviewed. Cycle markings are, we believe, currently too close to parked cars, encouraging cyclists to cycle in an unsafe position and cars to overtake when not safe to do so.
We will continue to push the Council to move the issue along and will ask them to consider other solutions with the permission of residents if these do not have the desired effect, such as changing access to roads or chicanes.
Local residents have formed a Facebook Group to keep each other informed and engaged – get in contact for more details.
The planned works to improve the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue will be completed 9th to 17th April. The road will be temporarily reduced to one lane and temporary signals will be used during the main works at the weekend. No works will take place on Easter Sunday.
Cllr Martin Tiedemann has written to Sadiq Khan regarding dangerous junctions on the A23 Brixton Hill following another accident last month that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.
Three years ago, Cllr Tiedemann wrote to the previous Mayor, highlighting the junctions of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road/Lambert Road/Josephine Avenue. These junctions, which comprise part of London Cycle Network Route 25, were originally prioritised for action but were subsequently dropped from Boris Johnson’s plans. Now, with a new Mayor and further accidents, Brixton Hill’s councillors are calling for urgent action. Continue reading
Over recent months many residents have written to us with concerns about road safety. We have written to the Council and brought senior decision makers here on walkabouts. Last week, Martin Tiedemann asked a written question at Council on road safety and followed it up at the meeting with a question about the New Park Road scheme.
We have already been able to get some local changes:
However, we know there is more to be done. We’ve been told about speeding on Lyham Road and dangerous driving on Dumbarton and Kildoran Roads. There have been very serious accidents recently by the Town Hall and on Kingswood Road. We have concerns about many of our road junctions, especially for cyclists. Continue reading
At last week’s full Council, Cllr Martin Tiedemann was able to put down a written question concerning road safety in Brixton Hill. He addressed enforcement of 20mph, rat runs and speeding through the area and unsafe pedestrian crossings, especially the zebra crossing on Kings Avenue. The cabinet member gave a comprehensive response.
At the meeting, Martin was able to follow this up with an oral question, where he raised the New Park Road safety scheme. Cllr Tiedemann thanked the Council for completing the scheme and asked for monitoring to ensure it was doing its job and ensuring safety for residents and the pupils of Richard Atkins Primary School. Cllr Brathwaite was able to assure us that monitoring is indeed taking place and results would be shared soon. Continue reading
Lambeth Council has launched a statutory consultation on its plans to improve a pedestrian crossing on Kings Avenue and address serious concerns about its safety.
In late 2016, Brixton Hill councillors received complaints about the crossing outside Robins Court and launched an informal consultation, writing to 200 properties on Kings Avenue and neighbouring roads. Many residents told us how cars failed to stop at the zebra crossing and that there had been many near misses and a general sense this is not a safe place to cross. We were able to use these testimonies as evidence that the Council needs to take urgent action and raised the issue as a formal question to the Council meeting. We also arranged for foliage to be trimmed back to help visibility of the crossing. Continue reading
At last the New Park Road safety scheme is finished! Trees have now been planted in the tree pits to complete works on the New Park Road safety scheme, funded by Transport for London and Lambeth Council.
It started in 2015 with anxious parents at Richard Atkins Primary School asking their local Councillors to make New Park Road safer for their children. It was used as a rat run, and several had been injured as a result.
After considerable consultation with residents from a wide area, some false
starts, and a certain amount of ill feeling, Sustrans, our consultants in the project,
came up with the present layout. Funded partly by the Council, but mainly by TfL, the
final stage has been reached – a dozen or so trees planted to complement the chicane,
the build-outs, the coloured circles and the raised road level. Continue reading
New proposals to improve safety and facilities for people walking and cycling in and around New Park Road and around Richard Atkins School are to be trialled for a day later this week on 26 February.
Sustrans have been working in the area since summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked them to help respond to safety concerns. Twelve accidents had happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.
After listening to resident and councillor feedback on the initial designs Sustrans did further work with the community in December and January and developed new proposals. The new design aim to improve the local environment, calm traffic along New Park Road and help keep all road users, especially children at the school, safer and healthier.
The team have also been able to secure more funding from Transport for London to create permanent improvements and add more value to local businesses and residents.
Please come along and help to try out the new designs on the 26 February. This one day trial will allow everyone to visualise and test changes which can improve safety and improve the local neighbourhood for all. Several thousand local households have been sent letters as well as promotion via social media, on the Brixton Blog and local noticeboards. Continue reading
DIY Schools: Richard Atkins – the Sustrans-led community project aiming to make New Park Road safer for children, parents and other road users – have issued a preview of new proposed designs inspired by sessions with residents and parents in December and January.
Comments will be invited over the next few weeks – the team will publish a link to record comments as well as delivering letters across the whole area to residents to invite feedback.
Local London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has urged Transport for London to take action over the dangerous junction at Brixton Hill with Acre Lane.
Val has received figures showing that from 2012-2014 there were 15 pedestrian casualties at the junction, more than other hotspots in the area. Val has tabled a series of questions to the Mayor of London asking what plans TfL have to improve the area and make it safe.
Val told the South London Press: “The area around this junction has been transformed during my time as Assembly member for the area and the new space at Windrush Square shows what can be done to create a brilliant public realm. So many people live, work and visit Brixton and travel through this key junction so to see these accident figures is alarming. As well as being a very attractive street scene we also want this key area to be as safe as possible. Continue reading