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Update on Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way 14/01/2021

The Sutton Town Centre pop-up cycle lanes in Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way will be removed on 15 January 2021, and both traffic lanes reinstated for use by motor vehicles.  

The measures were first implemented in May 2020 to provide safe social distancing for pedestrians around Sutton Town Centre’s gyratory system. At the end of the summer, lockdown restrictions were eased and people returned to shops, work and school. With access to public transport limited, there was a general increase across the borough in car use. Due to the level of footfall at the time, it was decided the additional pedestrian space was not required and it was agreed to change this space to a clearly demarcated cycle lane in late September 2020.

We have been monitoring

Traffic data and feedback from our consultation has demonstrated the measure has not achieved the desired impact and car use remains high. 

The Council would like to thank everyone who took the time and trouble to provide us with feedback. We would also like to reassure residents that we remain committed to our ambitions to create safer, more active and greener streets for all our residents and visitors, and to achieve net zero carbon emissions. 

In respect of the measures in place around Sutton Town Centre, it is considered that retaining the scheme in its current form would not meet those guidelines. 

The borough will continue to consider measures that encourage greater numbers of pedestrians and cyclists in line with COVID-19 guidelines from TfL and the Council’s sustainable transport objectives. The data gathered and the experience of providing these measures will help us when delivering future schemes

Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way will continue to be reviewed as part of the Council’s wider Active Travel programme currently in place.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other trial improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how these changes are working and whether further changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

 

 

 

Can you spot the fox? 15/12/2020

Walking in winter weather can be challenging but made more fun by playing games along the way! 

Did you know there are more than 90 painted animal and plant stencils around thirteen schools in the borough? Can you find them all?

Share your images online with @suttoncouncil

#spotthefox #saferstreets

 

All Saints Carshalton C of E Primary School (Rotherfield Road)

Nine designs: Bee, Eagle, Fox, Robin, Squirrel, Frog, Badger, Oak, Butterfly

 

Bandon Hill Primary School and Sherwood Hill School (Beddington Gardens)

Six designs: Badger, Fox, Oak, Butterfly, Bee, Frog

 

Carshalton Boys Sports College (Winchcombe Road)

Six designs, Oak, Butterfly, Squirrel, Bee, Fox, Frog

 

Cheam Common Infants' and Junior Academy (Kingsmead Avenue)

Six designs: Oak, Butterfly, Squirrel, Beee, Frog, Badger

 

Cheam Fields Primary Academy (Stoughton Avenue)

Nine designs: Flower, Frog, Butterfly, Squirrel, Badger, Robin, Eagle, Bee, Fox

 

Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy (Kingston Avenue) 

Six designs: Squirrel, Flower, Oak, Frog, Badger, Butterfly

 

St Elpheges Catholic Infants and Juniors (Roe Way)

Six designs: Frog, Bee, Oak, Robin, Squirrel, Flower

 

Harris Junior Academy, Carshalton (Camden Road) 

Seven designs: Fox, Squirrel, Oak, Butterfly, Badger, Frog, Eagle

 

Muschamp Primary (Muschamp Road): 

Eight designs: Fox, Eagle, Frog, Squirrel, Bee, Oak, Flower, Robin

 

Overton Grange Secondary (Stanley Road) 

Eight designs: Frog, Bee, Oak, Fox, Badger, Butterfly, Robin, Squirrel

 

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls & St Mary’s Catholic Juniors (Shorts Road) 

Nine designs: Fox, Bee, Butterfly, Frog, Robin, Flower, Squirrel, Badger and Fox (the two foxes are at opposite ends of this part of the trail)

 

Robin Hood Juniors (Thorncroft Road):

Six designs: Eagle, Flower, Badger, Robin, Bee, Fox

 

Rushy Meadow Primary (Fellowes Road) 

Seven designs: Bee, Badger, Oak, Flower, Squirrel, Frog, Butterfly

For further information about School Streets or the Creative Pavements programme, visit our web pages at sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

 

More Creative Pavements after “overwhelmingly positive response” 6/11/2020

Children across the Borough are being inspired to think creatively about the environment as a series of new art stencils pop up in Sutton.

Creative Pavements, a collaborative effort between Sutton Council and Carshalton-based artist Doug Shaw, were piloted earlier this year with images painted on the ground to make school runs more fun.

The programme has now been extended to the Borough’s thirteen trial School Street schemes. The idea behind the designs is for youngsters to spot the ‘environmental tokens’ as they walk, cycle or scoot to school.

Doug Shaw, commenting on the community response to the works, said: 

“The reaction from families, when they see us out there installing the designs, has been overwhelmingly positive. 

“Children walking into schools find the various designs and they talk to their teachers and parents about them and the environment.

“Last week we had several families come up to us and the feedback has been that they really like walking through their neighbourhoods spotting them, that they brighten up the paths and spark the imagination.”

The Creative Pavements project is just one of a number of new measures Sutton Council is undertaking in its Safer, Active, Greener Streets programme.

The programme includes five new low traffic areas, three cycleways; and 13 active School Streets. Sutton’s School Streets limit vehicle access outside schools, encourage more walking and cycling, and improve air quality around schools at drop off and pick up times. 

Councillor Ben Andrew, Vice Chair of the Council Environment & Neighbourhood Committee, said: 

"I'm so glad that the Council has worked together with local artists on the Creative Pavements project, improving the experience of pupils coming to school in the morning.

Our School Streets schemes ensure that the roads around schools are safer, more socially distant and freer of noxious fumes. Hopefully they are now more fun too!

I look forward to spotting these clever designs near schools across the borough and smiling at the thought of more young people learning in a safer, cleaner and greener environment.

The schemes will also help to encourage social distancing, which is particularly important following the latest national restrictions coming into force."

 

For further information about School Streets or the Creative Pavements programme, visit our web pages at sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

 


Update on emergency services 20/10/2020


Sutton Council has an excellent relationship with its partners in the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. We work closely with all the emergency services in our borough to ensure the safety of all our residents. 

 

We consulted with all the Emergency Services prior to implementation and there continues to be ongoing engagement with the Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service about the measures being trialled across Sutton for the next six months. If they make any further recommendations now that the schemes have launched, the Council will work with them to consider changes. Where site visits are requested by residents, the Council in conjunction with the Emergency Services has agreed to attend any future site visits. 

 

All feedback and comments from Sutton residents and the borough’s emergency services will be considered as part of the ongoing consultation.

 

Update on Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way 25/9/2020

 

The London Borough of Sutton wants to make your streets safer, more active and greener. 

Speeding traffic and dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along Throwley and St Nicholas Way have been key concerns for residents around Sutton town centre for years. The high levels of traffic on the one-way system and vehicle speeds can make these roads feel unwelcoming and dangerous.

As the lockdown started to end, the Council brought in experimental measures in Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way to:

  • provide more space to socially distance and to walk and cycle safely.

  • reduce vehicle speeds.

These measures were also designed to help support the Council’s ambitious aims to tackle air pollution and encourage people to be more active by walking and cycling more.

 

We have been monitoring

The number of pedestrians using the new space has been fewer than predicted and we recognise that there are some small changes we can introduce to improve the scheme and better define who the space is intended for.

 

We have listened to your feedback and are now making the following changes: 

  • current social distancing signs to be removed

  • cones will be replaced with reflective posts to create a segregated cycle lane with clear signage 

 

Why are we making these changes?

The scheme was introduced as an emergency measure in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. These important changes are based on feedback from councillors and residents.  

 

When will this come into effect?

These proposals will be introduced on an experimental basis. Improvements will begin on Friday 25 September, so please bear with us while changes are made.

 

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how these changes are working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the Throwley Way/St Nicholas Way scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed when the six-month trial is over.

 

Update on North Sutton Low Traffic Scheme and All Saints Road 25/9/2020

The London Borough of Sutton wants to make your streets safer, more active and greener.

As part of the Safer, Active, Greener streets programme, a low traffic area scheme was launched in the North Sutton Area on 14 September. This included the following road closures to motor vehicles:

 

  • Grennell Road, north of Edinburgh Road

  • All Saints Road, west of Calthorpe Gardens

  • Benhill Wood Road, north of the junction with Oakhill Road

  • Benhill Wood Road, north of the junction with Benhill Avenue

 

The closure on All Saints Road was designed to create a safer traffic environment for pupils at All Saints Benhilton Primary school.  

Following implementation, we have seen a higher than anticipated volume of traffic on a few surrounding residential roads which were not designed for this number of vehicles.

 

We have listened to your feedback and are now making the following changes: 

  • The road closure at All Saints Road - west of Calthorpe Gardens - will be removed to address the traffic that has moved to other residential roads. 

 

All other elements of the Sutton North Low Traffic Area will remain in place. The Council will continue to seek alternative ways to improve road safety outside the school.

 

Why are we making these changes?

The scheme was introduced to: 

  • Improve safety in Grennell Road, All Saints Road, Benhill Wood Road and in the surrounding streets by reducing traffic levels and speeds.

  • Reduce air pollution due to lower traffic numbers

  • Make the area more pleasant and quieter to walk and cycle around, and safer for children

  • Reduce the number of non-resident vehicles cutting through the area

 

We have been monitoring

The changes in All Saints Road have now been in place since 14 September and we have been monitoring their impact. We will continue to monitor whether through-traffic is diverted away from residential roads and on to the main roads as intended.

 

When will this come into effect?

These proposals will be introduced on Friday 25 September.

 

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how it is working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the North Sutton Area scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed when the six-month trial is over.

 

School Streets launching this Autumn 9/11/2020

The Council is ambitious to make Sutton a safer, active, greener borough. To help make the streets outside local schools safer and the air cleaner for children, we are trialling a number of School Streets schemes across the borough from September.

A School Street is where the road outside a school is closed to vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times, except for residents living in that street. The locations are based on feedback from residents and schools and aim to address:

  • Congestion and poor parking around the school 
  • Parked vehicles with their engines running, contributing to air pollution, and 
  • Road safety and lower traffic speeds

On Monday 14 September, trial schemes launch at the following Sutton schools: 

  • Overton Grange Secondary (Stanley Road) 
  • St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls & St Mary’s Catholic Juniors (Shorts Road) 
  • Rushy Meadow Primary (Fellowes Road) 
  • All Saints Carshalton C of E Primary School (Rotherfield Road)
  • Bandon Hill Primary School and Sherwood Hill School (Beddington Gardens)

The Council is encouraging parents/guardians to consider using ‘active travel’, such as walking, scooting and cycling when going to and from school. However, if there is no option but to drive, we ask that residents switch off their engine when parked – it not only cuts air pollution but it improves everyone’s health and saves money. 

For more information about school streets and other Safer, Active, Greener Streets schemes across the borough, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets.

Update on Central Road and Worcester Park Station railway bridge 3/9/2020

The London Borough of Sutton wants to make your streets safer, more active and greener. 

Traffic jams, air pollution and dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along Central Road have been key concerns for residents in the Worcester Park area for years. The high levels of traffic - averaging 23,000 cars per day for the last three years - and the railway bridge can make Central Road unwelcoming and dangerous.

In May, as the lockdown started to ease, all councils were asked to look at urgent ways to create more space for people to walk and cycle safely in busy areas. This was to help with social distancing and because public transport capacity was greatly reduced. 

Statutory guidance introduced by the Government in late May allowed councils to make significant changes to road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. The expectation both from the Government and Transport for London was that implementation take place as quickly as possible in response to COVID-19.  

On 29 May, council officers introduced changes in Central Road and under the railway bridge at Worcester Park station to:

  • introduce dedicated and expanded spaces to cycle and walk using traffic cones

  • make the area safer to walk and cycle through

Local councillors were not consulted about these proposals but were all notified at the same time. The Council used its powers under the Highways Act to introduce these measures in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Councils do not need to consult if measures amend an existing scheme and there was already a cycle lane in Central Road. 

Council officers have instead responded to ongoing feedback from local residents and businesses to make changes to this scheme. We recognise that many residents have expressed their concern, indeed in some cases anger, about the lack of prior consultation.  We are sorry for this, but trust that this update explains why this was.  

We listened to your feedback and made the following changes in July  

  • replacement of the traffic cones marking out the cycle lanes with higher quality and more secure reflective posts 

  • two lanes marked off with temporary road posts for traffic heading towards New Malden to allow space for cyclists and pedestrians

  • one lane marked off with temporary road ‘wands’ for traffic into Sutton to allow space for cyclists

  • new signage to explain the road layout to cyclists and drivers

Why did we make these changes?

There is evidence across London that these kinds of changes will encourage people to continue to walk and cycle when making local journeys. 

These measures at Central Road also support the Council’s ambitious aims to encourage people to be more active and make walking and cycling easier across the borough. 

Across London, councils are looking to make improvements to local neighbourhoods by improving road safety and air quality.  Currently, there are 800 similar schemes being trialled. 

TfL has forecast that if all car-owning households switched their previous public transport journeys to car trips as we come out of lockdown, there will be a big increase in the number of vehicles on the road. This will cause additional congestion issues in Central Road.

We have been monitoring

The changes in Central Road have now been in place for three months and we have been monitoring their impact. As children go back to school and people return to work, we are now starting to see car usage increase and more demand on the bus network.  

We are aware that the changes to the road layout have led to slightly longer bus journey times over the summer. Transport for London is now running extra buses locally for children travelling to school and we recognise this will place further pressure on this stretch of road.  

We have been listening

We remain committed to making Sutton a safe and accessible borough to pedestrians and cyclists.  However, we are aware that the scheme has to work for everyone. We have also listened to feedback from residents who feel the scheme is having an adverse impact on the local area.

Based on our monitoring of the scheme and resident feedback, we will now be amending the scheme by:

  • Heading towards New Malden - removing the footway extension, retaining a protected cycle lane but allowing a second lane for motor traffic,

  • Heading towards Sutton - removing the temporary cycle lane, restoring two lanes for motor traffic, but retaining around 20 metres of protected and segregated space for cyclists on the approach to the traffic lights

This will provide more capacity for motor vehicles to reflect increasing traffic levels, while still providing a more secure space for cyclists.

When will this come into effect?

These proposals were introduced on Friday 4 September.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about this and other improvements we are implementing to make our borough’s streets safer, more active and greener, go to sutton.gov.uk/saferstreets

To give your views on how it is working and whether changes are needed, visit our consultation hub.

Your feedback will help the Council decide whether the Central Road scheme should be kept as it is now, modified or removed.