Staveley Road and Burlington Lane Frequently Asked Questions – update 1 Dec 2021
1. Why have you made changes to how roads are accessed in Hounslow?
The Streetspace programme was instigated at the request of government during the pandemic, to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists, and to make gains in air and environmental quality in neighbourhoods across the Borough. The approach was developed in response to the challenges and opportunities of the Covid-19 pandemic and follows statutory government guidance and the Mayor of London’s Streetspace plan.
Overall, the measures put in place are aligned to the council’s Transport Strategy (the Local Implementation Plan), through measures that; create safer and more attractive spaces for walking and cycling; reduce through traffic on residential roads, thereby creating low traffic neighbourhoods that are more conducive to active travel.
2. What consultation has been undertaken?
Each measure introduced as part of our Streetspace programme, was introduced as a tria measure via Experimental Traffic Management Orders (ETMOs) and a consultation ran alongside the trials to gather views and feedback, to help determine their future. Independent reviews were undertaken which took into consideration the feedback received and data collected, and the review findings are published in full on our website along with a copy of the relevant Chief Officer Decisions.
3. What is the outcome from these trials?
Each measure introduced as part of our Streetspace programme, was introduced as a trial measure via Experimental Traffic Management Orders (ETMOs) and a consultation ran alongside the trials to gather views and feedback, to help determine their future. Independent reviews were undertaken which took into consideration the feedback received and data collected, and the review findings are published in full on our website along with a copy of the relevant Chief Officer Decisions.
4. What is the outcome from these trials?
In August 2021 the council published its decision on the remaining Streetspace measures, approving a range of measures across the borough to be made permanent, and this decision has now been confirmed following the Cabinet meeting held on 19 October. For further details please see the following press release on our website.
The decision also included the following two new measures, which will be introduced under a new ETMO.
- The council intend to extend the operational hours of the restrictions on Staveley Road to 8am – 7pm (Monday – Saturday). This will replace the morning and afternoon restrictions commonly known as ‘School Streets’.
- The council intend to introduce a ‘no-entry’ to Burlington Lane from the A316.
5. When will the council make these changes to Staveley Road and Burlington Lane?
These trial measures will be implemented early in the New Year and will become operational on Monday, 24 January 2022.
6. Who will be exempt from these changes?
For more information on how to apply for an exemption and access permits, please visit our dedicated Staveley Road webpage.
7. How can residents and businesses give feedback on these changes?
As these new trials are being introduced using Experimental Traffic Management Orders, consultation will run alongside the trials being implemented. The council will be considering feedback received on the trials from road users, residents, businesses and other stakeholders for six months from the start of the trials. This feedback, alongside traffic data collected to assess the impact of the schemes, will be analysed before determining whether the trials should be extended, made permanent or removed. The consultation will run from Monday, 24 January 2022 to Wednesday 7 September 2022. Feedback on the new trial schemes can be provided via our consultations webpage from Monday, 24 January 2022.
8. Are these changes part of a wider Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)?
Yes, LTN’s are created in order to reduce through traffic or ‘rat-running’ on local streets to make them safer for people to walk and cycle. Where LTNs have already been introduced in London, evidence shows people adjust their routes, the times they travel and the way they travel. Therefore, local increases in congestion are unlikely to be permanent, and as with all changes we make to the transport network, it takes time for people to adjust to new road layouts.
9. How have the council addressed the public sector equality duty?
The Council has undertaken Equality Impact Assessments (“EIA”) as part of the Streetspace Programme. This analysis has helped inform the design approach for schemes, wherever possible looking to reduce any impact on those with protected characteristics. EIA is an ongoing process, taking into account feedback and consultation responses.
A copy of the EIA is available on our website https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/streetspace-review
10. Won’t these changes create more congestion and delays on the A316 and Hogarth roundabout, and increase peoples journey times?
These measures support our ambitions to improve air quality, and while we acknowledge there are concerns locally about congestion and displacement of traffic, the overall aim is to prevent significant amounts of through traffic using residential roads, while reducing traffic and emissions.
11. Will I still be able to access the Chiswick Sports centre on Staveley Road, and Chiswick New Cemetery?
Yes, the restriction is proposed to start northwest of the access to Chiswick Sports Centre, therefore access to both the school entrance, and the sports facilities, as well as to the cemetery entrance nearer the A316 junction, will be maintained via the A316.
The car boot sale at Chiswick School takes place on Sundays, so will not be impacted by the restriction on Staveley Road which operates Monday - Saturday.