We know there is significant interest in the future of our traffic reduction trials in the parks and in whether we are going to make them permanent. The aim of the trials was to reduce the impact of cut-through traffic, create new car-free spaces and enhance the park experience for visitors. We previously stated that we would undertake a detailed assessment of both the benefits and potential issues, and report back our findings in March 2022. We are currently in the final stages of traffic analysis and deliberation, working closely with both TfL and the relevant local councils, but we have made the decision to delay any announcement until after the local elections on 5th May. We believe this is only fair as local councils will be entering the pre-election period from the end of March, meaning they will be subject to strict restrictions on their communications activity until after the elections.
Restrict all through traffic by trialling a partial road closure on Chestnut Avenue
When the park reopens to motor vehicles, we will maintain a restriction that prevents the park being used as a cut through. By closing the link between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates to traffic, we will create new park space for visitors within the centre of the park and will eliminate all commuting motor vehicle traffic. Visitors will still be able to drive to the park and the parking provision will be unaffected.