North Kew parking study

We are carrying out a review of parking in the North Kew/Kew Green area (TW9), in response to residents' feedback.

Background

This review was commissioned in response to complaints from residents about these roads concerning the difficulties they experience in finding a parking space close to their home, which were attributed primarily to the parking of vehicles by non-residents (all day commuters and long stay parking). The consultation also takes into account the following:

The new Brentford Football Club stadium and flats development over Kew Bridge which, when completed during 2020/21, could place considerable additional pressure on parking space in the North Kew area.

Major events held at Kew Gardens which result in additional pressure on parking space in the North Kew area on these occasions.

The recent suspension of all parking spaces along the west side of Kew Road between Lion Gate Gardens and Kew Gardens Road to extend the operational times of the existing northbound cycle lane from 8am to 10am to 'at any time'.  This is in response to the Government’s call for urgent action to help offset the reduction in public transport arising from the need to support social distancing.  The Government believes that this should be achieved first and foremost through encouraging more walking and cycling. The Council will soon formalise this arrangement through the implementation of an experimental traffic/cycle scheme in Kew Road with a view to a more permanent arrangement in the future.

As part of the review, we are carrying out a consultation with residents and businesses within the area shown on the North Kew Plan (pdf, 329 KB) to ask for views on the present parking conditions, including whether you would support the introduction of a new Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), and, if so, what days and hours it should operate.

Public meeting

The consultation was preceded by a public meeting in St Anne’s Church Hall, Kew on Wednesday 15 January 2020 and attended by Council officers and ward Councillors. The format of the meeting was as follows:

  • Exhibition - from 5.45 to 7pm. Officers were available to answer any questions on the parking issues in the area
  • Public Meeting- from 7 to 8.30pm. This comprised an introduction to the study and an opportunity for questions and discussion on how a parking scheme would operate
  • Read the minutes of the public meeting (pdf, 178KB)

Parking surveys

Two parking usage surveys were conducted overnight on Thursday 4 and Saturday 7 June 2020 to provide an indication of resident parking demand. An information sheet will be posted here when the consultation opens.

Parking proposals

  • The Council is of the view that parking controls should apply every day between 10am to 4.30pm as a minimum. Longer days/hours are available
  • An option to include an Event day zone will be provided
  • Coach 'drop off' and 'pick up' areas and a taxi rank outside Elizabeth Gate
  • Introduction of one-way working on the western arm of Kew Green
  • The installation of double yellow lines in certain areas to ensure safe and unobstructed vehicular access
  • A review of the scheme after 6 months of operation

View the preliminary design (pdf, 2.2 MB).

Consultation

The consultation opened on Tuesday 28 July and closed on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Results

The results formed part of a wider report. View report.

Decision

  • To make Experimental Traffic Orders to implement new parking controls (Zone KC) in all roads in the North Kew area to operate Monday to Sunday (including Bank Holidays), between 10am and 4.30pm and during major events in the area as set out in this report
  • To include provision for a coach “drop off” and “pick up” area and a taxi rank
  • To make an Experimental Traffic Order to implement a new one-way working system along the western arm of Kew Green
  • Close monitoring of the scheme and associated measures to be carried out during the first six months of operation
  • Minor amendments to the scheme could be made prior to the making of the Experimental Traffic Orders in discussion with ward councillors and with the agreement of the Director of Environment and Community Services
  • Modifications to the scheme could be made within the first six months of operation in discussion with ward councillors and with the agreement of the Director of Environment and Community Services
  • Scheme to be fully reviewed after six months of operation

View the final design (pdf, 2.0 MB)

Contact

To find out more, contact us by email at KAKBKewReview@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8891 1411.

Updated: 15 December 2020