The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) are investing across London to create a healthier, cleaner and more inclusive city. The Healthy Streets approach forms a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and prioritises people’s wellbeing, making streets more pleasant places to spend time and making it easier to walk and cycle safely; many people across the capital are already benefitting from this approach.
Hopefully you recall receiving a letter in June 2017 to let you know about the opportunity you have to benefit from Transport for London (TfL) funding to improve the Grennell Road, Elgin Road and Benhill Wood Road area that you live in. In partnership with TfL’s “Healthy Streets” funding, we are looking to invest in local improvements so that residents can enjoy a cleaner and healthier environment. The traffic counts that we carried out in this area found that over 2 in every 3 (70%) of the 5000 daily vehicles come from outside of the local neighbourhood. This evidence suggests that there is a lot of traffic currently using your streets*. This has a negative impact on everyone, but particularly on children, those with impaired mobility and people walking and cycling.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete the online survey. It is essential to us that your views of the area and the streets you live in are represented in the improvements. We asked you to tell us how you feel about where you live, with particular focus on your travel choices, road traffic and the quality of local streets. We received over 250 responses to the survey carried out between June and September 2017.
Highlight of the survey findings:
- 65% of respondents think there is too much traffic in the area, and that traffic is too fast.
- 70% of respondents think the borough should be doing more to address air quality.
- 87% of respondents think the borough should be doing more to encourage walking and cycling to school.
- 65% of respondents think it is difficult for vulnerable road users to move around the area comfortably.
- 78% of respondents think that Greenshaw High traffic is high at drop off and pick up times.
Full details of the survey and findings will be published soon.
We are now in the process of developing proposals based on the feedback we have received. We will work closely with local stakeholders including the emergency services and schools throughout this process to ensure that the proposals reflect the needs of the community.
The proposals will aim to help create an environment in which traffic is both reduced and slowed, and in which air quality is improved. We will also propose connecting local neighbourhoods to the London-wide cycle network of Quietways. These are quiet routes that follow back streets, parks and waterways that will help safely connect communities to shops, stations, workplaces and other destinations. Any improvements that are made will also improve conditions for walking. Once these proposals have been developed, we will write to you again and you will be able to comment on them as part of a public consultation later this year.
Depending on the results of the consultation, it may be possible to implement some measures on a trial basis for of six months, during which time we would monitor changes in the traffic and air quality to better understand the impact and benefits. Any measures proposed will take into account the work the Council is currently undertaking to review the parking arrangements in the area.