If residents happened to petition on something like this, it is likely that the council may suggest that the potential for traffic displacement to neighbouring streets would mean that it wouldn't work. eg Kettering Street paper 15-238Nice work @TfL and @wandbc guess people with prams etc can dodge the cars. Temporary layout designs out ppl on foot. pic.twitter.com/AO7PXRFaCu— Jon Irwin (@Jon_events) June 28, 2015
I did the following FOI request to see if any consideration had been given to taking traffic counts to see what actually happens when compared to the traffic models.
The response is:
Wandsworth Borough Council, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Traffic Division had considered traffic count variables on Trinity Road for the traffic management plan for the works. Transport for London’s Traffic Flow Data system was used to ascertain the volume of traffic. The Council did not undertake a traffic count for each of the roads listed below as Officers did not consider it necessary.
This raises three questions:
- Why were the fears of traffic displacement raised as a reason to recommend no further action for the trial proposed for the Kettering Street petition?
- Why wasn't this information used as part of the Fishponds Road area consultation to highlight to residents that their fears of traffic gridlock were unlikely to occur?
- Why is it that councillors on the relevant committee aren't questioning officers given that they are aware from local groups of the evidence that contradicts council positions?
Don't forget to add your support to the petitions that the Lib Dems are supporting me with locally. It is only with your support that we'll be able to make positive improvements. Labour and the Tories seem too dead set against making positive things happen for the time being.