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.
Please remember that many of the park roads, whilst closed to general traffic for the enjoyment of park visitors, are still required for access by authorised vehicles. This can include: park staff, park volunteers, White Lodge staff and students, residents and service vehicles.
Trial significantly reducing the through movement of motor vehicles
We have designed and implemented a trial scheme in Richmond Park that restricts all through-traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park and closes the vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. Additionally, on weekends and public holidays we have restricted all cut-through traffic between Roehampton, Sheen and Richmond Gates.