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.
Please see the final Strategy and Implementation Plan below.
Individual Park Projects
- In Bushy Park, removing all through traffic with a partial road closure between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates
- In St James’s and The Green Park, closing The Mall and Constitution Hill to traffic on Saturdays until dusk, 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, on weekdays, restricting all through-traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park and a full-time closure of the vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. Additionally, on weekends the trial will restrict all cut-through traffic between Roehampton, Sheen and Richmond Gates to create a quiet zone on the north side of the park.
Click on the park icons below to see the individual project Fact Sheets
A formal consultation with all park visitors, residents and stakeholders will take place from November to December 2020. Through the six-month project period, we will also be collating park stakeholder feedback, facilitating park visitor satisfaction surveys (if possible with COVID restrictions) and undertaking an evaluation of the external implications of our trials in partnership with relevant transport authorities (eg. TfL and local boroughs).
At the end of the six-month period, we will release formal recommendations on whether each trial project should be extended, altered, made permanent or revoked.
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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.
Throughout this process, we have asked the public for feedback around the development of our Movement Strategy. Please see the summary of the results on our Background Documents page, below.