I have been on HoL for many years but I have been stunned recently by how many posts there have been on traffic and traffic related issues in the last 3-6 months. In terms of issues of the day for our community this is clearly huge!
I was just posting on a different thread and it occurred to me that we need to try to draw together some of our collective knowledge and experience in order to try to do more than collectively shout into the internet to vent our spleens.
As you may be aware the council have taken a pretty brave step in recognising the collective mismanament of our roads in the last 20 years. The sustainability of piecemeal closing or alteration of the road traffic network so that traffic is concentrated on an ever diminishing number of roads to the detriment of those communities and the political myopia (indeed active intervention) that has allowed Wightman Road to become a defacto trunk road has been highlighted by the closure over such a long term of the railway bridge on Wightman.
This is the issue the Green Lanes Traffic Study will aim to address. Its first Stakeholder Group meeting is to be help on Thursday 9th June. This is one of the forums through which residents will be able to feedback their views. There are several organisations that will be part of the Steering Group (see the Terms of Reference doc for the membership as of May, this may change). If you care about what is happening, you should feed your views in through the various members that may best represent your area, Gardens, Hermitage, Woodlands Park, Ladder, HoL, Wightman Rd, etc, or your councillor.
In the mean time I wanted try to do three things. I want to draw together people's experiences in order to:
1- Hear the anecdotal thoughts occurring to you.
2- Try to frame the myriad of problems, before and after the closure.
3- Identify solutions and ideas (however nutty)
In the ideas one or more of you will throw out will be part of the solution, and while the Stakeholder Group is not a decision making body, at least this is a forum where these ideas can be heard!
That is an excellent question, and this causes issues for busses and emergency vehicles when the road is congested. My take is the traders are a powerful lobby and they want (convenient) parking for their customers.
This has in fact been suggested on many occasions but not so far taken up. For me though this is one thing that can be done relatively straightforwardly! I am on Pemberton, and some time back, before the CPZ was altered, there was free parking near the school for 2 hours for visitors...
But one parked vehicle ( eg the blue van outside the International Food Centre ) virtually reduces the whole road to one lane instead of two because everybody has to pull out to pass it.
This van is not ticketed. When the parking inspectors approach the shop keeper runs out shouting "loading, loading" and drives around the block. It is a huge problem for the buses who are forced to pull out into the traffic past just before the intersection. It's a seemingly insoluble problem.
IF that's true to any extent at all, and if it's a key driver for the Council, there may well be ways to replace that revenue with other traffic-related income.
Thanks for that, Gordon. I see that the information was taken from data six years ago. I know that in the intervening period traders have been very assertive around parking issues. It would be interesting to know if the revenues remain as high as previously reported, both on stand-alone basis as well as a comparative one.
They could make just as much money from issuing tickets for people going in the box junctions though....and bus lane contraventions....