You may have noticed Traffic Management Order notifications on a lamppost near you. If you want to know what they’ll mean please have a read and comment with any questions.
Transport for London and the Council transport planners have come together to put a traffic management order on many of the streets from the Imperial War Museum down to Larkhall Park so that they can respond to fluctuations about traffic.
The first Frequently Asked Questions below covers the basics about what this TTRO means and from which we will all want to know more detail. The options for roads are are quite interesting so we’ve pulled them out specifically.
“The possible temporary restrictions are road closures, weight limits, 20 mph speed limits on roads that don’t already have this limit, banned turns, footway closures, banned U-turns, temporary parking bays, suspend or introduce one way working, suspend cycle lanes or cycle tracks, introduce temporary contraflow cycle lanes and modify use of bus lanes.”
Just because these are options does not mean it’s going to happen!
However we need to be clearer on how people are consulted about potential changes in the future, how communities can propose things and we can ensure that things don’t happen without the community being told. We want to get the right solutions for the rights roads, but also to be able to respond to changes in circumstance. When you ask a room full of people how their road could be improved, you get a range of responses from private closure to banning cars entirely!
We’ll be asking more questions and liaising with residents about getting more detail to those groups to coordinate and requests about who is told what is already in the pipeline and how proposals from the community can be collated and local specifics accounted for.
As Councillors we will be contacting tenants and residents associations, as well as individual residents through this blog to make sure they know this is happening, receive relevant information to understand it and a clear understanding of how changes will be decided.
Below is the early FAQ from the officers but we will post some more information on our blog about the next steps or any update.
Claire Jane Jack
Vauxhall Blanket TMO FAQs
- What will happen to my road (or any other road included in the TTRO)?
Nothing necessarily, it depends what is required. Any road listed in the TMO may have a restriction introduced or lifted if required for reasons such as planned or emergency road works or development works. The order should help alleviate pressures on local streets caused by heightened development works in the area. The possible temporary restrictions are road closures, weight limits, 20 mph speed limits on roads that don’t already have this limit, banned turns, footway closures, banned U-turns, temporary parking bays, suspend or introduce one way working, suspend cycle lanes or cycle tracks, introduce temporary contraflow cycle lanes and modify use of bus lanes.
Before any restrictions are introduced Lambeth’s Streetworks team will assess the area and the impact on the borough roads and the need for these changes.
- What do I do if I have a suggestion for my road (or any other)?
You can contact Lambeth’s Streetworks team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assess the request and if it is feasible without causing an unreasonable effect on other roads, Lambeth may introduce the restriction.
- Who gets to decide and when will they decide?
Lambeth Streetworks team will decide what restrictions are necessary in communication with stakeholders - TfL, Buses, emergency services and businesses and residents via Cllrs. We already encourage developers and utilities to work with local stakeholders to ensure their needs are considered well in advance of planned works so that the impact on the community is as low as possible and so that the community is fully informed of any impact in good time. This will continue. In the case of emergency works, less notice is possible for obvious reasons but signage needs to be clear.
- When will it be implemented and live?
3rd September 2016 – with agreement to follow on which roads will have the weight restrictions on them as well as any banned movements.
- How long does it last for?
It is an open-ended order which will last until Lambeth and TfL agree to close it. Once the current peak of development tails off there will be no need for a temporary restriction. If there is then felt to be a need for some of the restrictions to be kept in place permanently, the community may request this and consultation will take place.