LB Hounslow announce final version of south Chiswick LTN

Image above: South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood sign on Burlington Lane

Final version announced on Tuesday (9 May)

The final version of  the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood scheme has been published by LB Hounslow.

The permanent measures, which the council say are aimed at addressing the climate emergency, congestion, air pollution and making streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, were announced on the Council’s website on Tuesday (9 May).

LB Hounslow says the trial measures, which took place between January 2022 to date, aimed to achieve these goals by reducing the amount of through traffic between the A316 and A4. The traffic surveys undertaken during the trial demonstrate that overall traffic volumes have decreased within the area and show there has been no significant increase in traffic on the surrounding main roads.

This means the access restriction on Staveley Road will remain through a permanent Traffic Management Order.

The decision on the restriction on Burlington Lane means the Council will retain the current no-entry restriction from the A316 and will proceed with a permanent Traffic Management Order that will be implemented by 1 July 2023.

The existing Experimental Traffic Management Order (a traffic regulation order that can apply for up to 18 months to gather data) will remain until this permanent order is brought into operation. This will see the implementation of a permanent barrier at the junction of Burlington Lane and the A316.

Local residents’ groups in Grove Park and Strand on the Green have proposed an alternative system which they think would have been much better for all and Chiswick’s Conservative councillors tried in vain to make the Council reconsider.

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Image above: Cllr Katherine Dunne – Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet member for Climate, Environment and Transport Strategy

Council urges those eligible to sign up for access exemptions

Residents and businesses in the area, as well other eligible groups including carers, can apply for an exemption to the access restrictions in south Chiswick. Full details on eligibility are available here.

As part of this and based on feedback, there will now be access exemptions for all carers, irrespective of whether they hold residential parking permits or not. In addition, further advance warning signs will be added on A316 and taxi exemption signs will also be fitted in the area. The Council say a letter explaining the implementation of this decision is now being sent to homes and businesses in south Chiswick.

The decision follows extensive engagement with residents, businesses, the emergency services and other interested parties throughout the trial period and the Council has made some changes to the scheme based on feedback received. The Council thanked all who gave feedback on the scheme through the formal consultation that ran from 24 January 2022 to 7 September 2022.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Climate, Environment and Transport Strategy, said:

“We are aware that there are a range of views across the spectrum on these measures and we are committed to making the liveable neighbourhoods work for residents in Chiswick.”

“These measures are just one part of our wider strategy to increase sustainable travel across the borough, tackle the climate emergency and make our roads safer.”

Hounslow Council undertook extensive public and stakeholder consultation during the trial period that ran from January 2022 to September 2022.

A copy of the report and Cabinet decision on this scheme can be found on the Council’s website. A list of common questions on the scheme is also available online.