By Allan Fuller
Royal Parks wants people to comment on proposals. Local residents are being asked to comment on plans to reduce cut-through traffic in Richmond and Bushy Parks.
On 16th November, the Royal Parks launched its consultation on the trials, which began on 15 August. The Royal Parks says the trials were to help residents and users of the parks to understand the situation before commenting. The consultation will now run until January 10 2021. The trial will run until February 2021.
In Richmond, the measures restrict all cut-through motor traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park on weekdays. This also includes a full-time closure of the motor vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. On weekends, the trial restricts all cut-through motor traffic between Roehampton, Sheen and Richmond Gates to create a quiet zone on the north side of the park. In nearby Bushy Park, there is a full-time closure of part of Chestnut Avenue between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates to motor vehicle traffic. The Royal Parks is also implementing similar schemes in Greenwich Park, Hyde Park and St James’s Park and The Green Park.
However, some groups such as the London Cycling Campaign, do not think these measures go far enough, and want to see the parks completely closed to through traffic.
Calum Rogers, marketing officer for the London Cycling Campaign posted a video on Twitter showing traffic levels in Richmond Park.