Council trials traffic reduction in Hampton Hill

Release Date: 29 September 2020

Following a consultation with residents in the area, a trial scheme aimed at addressing traffic levels in the Burtons Road area of Hampton Hill has gone live.

The scheme involves timed restrictions on vehicle movements and will be in place for a trial period. Residents are invited to comment on the scheme’s operation during an initial six-month trial period; after which a decision will be made by the council about whether to move ahead with a temporary or more permanent continuation of measures.

From 21 September, from 7am to 10am (Eastbound only) and 4 to 7pm (Westbound only) Monday to Friday there will be restricted movement for vehicles preventing through access along Burtons Road, Albert Road and Links View Road, with changes to the lane widths and current parking arrangements at the High Street/Park Road junction to help to mitigate some of the effects of displaced traffic. The restrictions will be enforced through ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology after the first few weeks.

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee for Richmond Council, said:

“Overwhelmingly, those living on the residential roads experiencing high-levels of through-traffic in this area supported some form of action. Indeed, half of residents in the consultation area wanted to see the Council restrict through-traffic in the area.”

“The Council also realises that many of those from further afield, value the access and capacity afforded by Burtons Road and others; and that they would prefer there to be no curbs on their use.

“As private vehicle usage increases following the Summer lockdown, Government has requested that council’s introduce urgent trials like these to encourage active travel and curb unnecessary car use.

“While some residents favoured more far-reaching restrictions and others desired no measures at all, this Council has chosen to trial an innovative set of timed-restrictions that it hopes will provide a targeted impact to through-traffic reductions, while preserving significant resident access outside of these times.”

The Council will monitor the impact of the scheme and if necessary, will make adjustments throughout the trial period.

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Reference: P384/20

Updated: 30 September 2020