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.
Trial a full-time closure of the Avenue to vehicle traffic
To better preserve the park’s special qualities and enhance visitor experience for generations to come, we will seek to trial a full-time closure of the Avenue to vehicle traffic. The existing parking provision will remain, and visitors may still drive to the park accessing the parking from Blackheath Gate.