Tuesday 30 September 2003 12.41pm
The closure of the Trinity St on Gt Dover ST JUnction is part of the continued effort to calm the residential streets of the Trinity-Newington Estate.
Further details are on the TNRA website (including plans / pictures)and have been EXTENSIVELY discussed, consulted on and revised.
I for one fully support these efforts to get through traffic and rat-running commuter traffic off these residential roads.
If all goes well, in a couple of weeks the junction of Swan St with Gt Dover ST will also be closed.
There are Traffic Notices (and large signs) posted to this effect all around the local area. Also advertised in the local papers.
Martin, it is very unfair to blame Southwark council for not anticipating the increase in traffic on Falmouth Rd after the Trinity St Gate was put in place last year.
The original Traffic Calming Plans included preventing Traffic from entering Trinity St from Gt Dover. However, due to the Strong (and may I say misguided) vocal opposition from residents of Falmouth Rd and the East end of Trinty St, these propsals were dropped at the last minute. It was always obvious what would happen.....
This, I suppose is one of the downsides of such wide consultation in traffic plans.
Hopefully the temporary road closures will become permanent this time (the scheme you may remember was trialled last year, pre-congestion charging) and failed due to the high volumes of traffic. This only proved (if proof were needed) to those concerned how much blight the commuter ratrunning was causing.
Before anyone brings up the old "trinity st for posh people " chestnut / argument....... take a look around at all the large council estates in the area. You will find that they are all traffic calmed and free of rat-runs. It also displays a profound lack of knowledge about the sort of people who live on the Trinity-Newington Estate.
I for one, welcome the day when our residential roads are QUIET and SAFE for pedestrians, and children to PLAY in.
I guess this will re-open the old debate about car owners and commuters wanting to be free to drive wherever and whenever they want, against the needs of local residents to have a safe and pleasant environment. (see previous trinity street thread which ran and ran...).
I feel sure that in this day and age, in a very overcrowded city that commuter traffic should be on the main roads and not rat-running through residential neighbourhoods. Both Southwark Council
, TfL and TNRA (the local residents association) fully support this view.
The estate is now, for the first time a quiet pleasant place for the many pedestraians and cyclists who travel through and spend time there WITHOUT forcing their pollution and noise on the local residents.
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