London’s Richmond Park car numbers permanently reduced
The number of cars in Richmond Park will be permanently reduced after traffic reduction measures introduced at three London parks during the pandemic become permanent.
Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks all had parts closed to traffic from August 2020, and the Royal Parks charity said this would continue permanently, it was announced on Tuesday.
All three are popular with cyclists, with Richmond Park in particular a home for riding in London – the Tour segment of Richmond Park on Strava has been ridden over four million times.
The news was welcomed by the London Cycling Campaign, although they also said ‘bolder’ and ‘swift’ action was needed.
During the lockdown, Royal Parks took the decision to ban cyclists from Richmond Park, reportedly due to social distancing, a measure which has been widely criticised.
A gang of machete-clad mopeds stealing bikes made national headlines last year, particularly after British pro Alex Richardson was left bloodied, driven at 60mph and lifted off his S bike. – Custom works.
The permanent traffic reduction measures at the three parks follow a two-year trial, a comprehensive park visitor engagement exercise and a comprehensive traffic analysis, monitoring and evaluation program.
The measures made permanent are:
– In Richmond Park, there will be a restriction on all traffic between Broomfield Hill car park and Robin Hood car park and a permanent closure of the vehicular link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. Additionally, on weekends and public holidays, all through traffic will be restricted between Roehampton and Richmond Gates.
– In Bushy Park, Chestnut Avenue will remain closed to vehicular traffic between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates.
– In Greenwich Park, The Avenue will remain closed to vehicular traffic.
In addition, trial traffic reduction measures are to continue at St James’s Park and The Green Park, while the data is analyzed in more detail, while the trial will continue in Hyde Park while the Royal Parks wait a decision by Transport for London regarding the cycle path on Park Lane. , which has currently forced the full-time closure of South Carriage Drive.
Tom Jarvis, the charity’s Parks Director, said in a press release: “As stewards of some of London’s finest green spaces, we are delighted to report that the successful trials to reduce the through traffic in our outdoor parks will be made permanent.The decision is a key element in ensuring that The Royal Parks meets its charitable objectives.
“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the project since its launch in July 2020, in particular those who responded to our public consultations.
“We look forward to engaging with our stakeholders and local communities to see how we can reallocate available spaces now that some roads are permanently closed to vehicles.”
While more than two-thirds of respondents to the Richmond Park consultation approved of the measures being permanent, concerns about cyclists were raised.
Two respondents are quoted as criticizing the actions of cyclists in the Royal Parks report.
“Cyclists are now dangerous in packs and way over the speed limit. No consideration for pedestrians. This needs to be addressed because there will be a death,” one person wrote.
Another said: “Restricting car traffic is a good idea – but it leaves cyclists free to roam the park in ever-increasing numbers – often at dangerous speeds and with no regard for pedestrians – including children. .”
The London Cycling Campaign welcomed the news, but said more needed to be done.
“It’s great news that Royal Parks have made these measures permanent, but in a climate crisis we need them to do more and faster,” said Simon Munk, Campaigns Manager for the LCC. “They need to remove all car traffic from Richmond Park, so that it is not used as an emergency route for the A307. And they need to move much faster to remove car traffic from Regent’s Park and Hyde Park.
“These green spaces should be the lungs of London, not ratruns. These parks are already experiencing significant impacts from climate change and indeed noise, pollution, road hazard and emissions from motor traffic in the parks. Yet the royal parks do not seem to have quite grasped the urgency for bolder and faster action.”