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The Royal Parks has embarked on an exciting and ambitious journey to develop a Movement Strategy which sets a coherent framework to help shape and inform the policies relating to how park visitors can access, experience and move within the parks.

As we look to the challenges ahead, we continue to be proactive to ensure our parks are here for future generations. Part of this process has been the development of an organisational Movement Strategy that will support the future health of our parks while also linking to the overall health and happiness of the city. We have formally adopted the Royal Parks’ Movement Strategy and have announced five trial projects that are to be launched across the estate, all of which aim to reduce the amount of cut-through traffic in the parks. The trial projects include:

  • In Bushy Park, restricting all through traffic with a partial road closure between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates
  • In St James’s and Green Parks, closing the Mall and Constitution Hill to traffic on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Greenwich Park, a full-time closure of the Avenue to cut through vehicle traffic
  • In Hyde Park, trial closures of North Carriage Drive permanently, and South Carriage Drive on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Richmond Park, reducing cut through motor vehicles (with more details to follow).

Please see the final Strategy and Implementation Plan below.

Next steps

The start date of the trials and consultation period will be shared widely. To ensure that park stakeholders are informed of the process and progress of each project, we recommend signing up to the Movement Strategy mailing list. We will measure and monitor these trials over the six-month implementation period. In month 4 of the trials, we will formally consult with all park visitors and stakeholders on these projects to determine if we should extend, alter, make permanent or revoke the trial.

To be involved in the process and/or be notified of all future updates, please complete the form below.

By signing up for this newsletter you are agreeing to receive updates about The Royal Parks Movement Strategy.

What is the Movement Strategy?

The Movement Strategy sets a long-term vision for how park visitors will move within, access and subsequently experience the parks.

The strategy includes a comprehensive exploration of all movement and access related issues and opportunities that are relevant to the parks both now and into the foreseeable future.

This includes (but is not limited to) increasing safety for all park users, reducing the impact of vehicle-based traffic and reducing conflict between different users.

Engagement results

Throughout this process, we have asked the public for feedback around the development of our Movement Strategy. Please see the summary of the results, below.

Implementation Plan 2020-2021

July 2020

Movement Strategy 2020

June 2020

Phase One Summary Report

November 2019

Discussion Paper

May 2019

Read the Insight Reports for each of our parks

We have interpreted the Phase One results to produce a set of Insight Reports that reflect the outcomes in relation to each of our parks:

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