As part of a new initiative by Croydon’s Labour council, temporary road closures will be put in place to stop through traffic on busy routes across the borough – helping to make our neighbourhoods safer and greener for residents.
The temporary schemes introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic are aimed to reduce rat running in residential roads, improve road safety and better facilitate social distancing on busy walk ways.
The first closures were introduced on the following roads on Sunday 3 May:
- Holmesdale Road at the junction with Park Road (stadium side)
- Dalmally Road at the junction with Blackhorse Lane
- Elmers Road at the junction with Blackhorse Lane
- Lancaster Road at the junction with Southern Avenue
- Woodvale Avenue at the junction with Avenue Road
A second scheme making up part of the road closures initiative will see residents living on quiet residential streets able to apply for a section of their road to temporarily close for an hour or two a day, to create a safe space to exercise in.
Since Monday 4 May, residents have been able to put forward their road to be considered for the Exercise Street pilot by emailing the council’s highways team.
If granted permission resident volunteers will become responsible for closing their road for a few hours a day to allow friends & neighbours to exercise without fear of oncoming traffic.
To further aid proper social distancing during lockdown, parking is set to be suspended outside some shops in the borough’s district centres. This will enable barriers to be erected which will widen paving areas and allow for safer queuing at shops.
The first barriers are being installed outside Tesco Express on Portland Road, South Norwood, and between numbers 61 and 87 and 243 and 257 on London Road, Broad Green.
Councillor Stuart King (pictured), cabinet lead for environment and transport said;
“We are responding to growing concern that since lockdown began vehicle speeds have increased on certain routes around Croydon and these temporary low traffic initiatives will help create safer spaces for residents walking and cycling near their homes.
“The Exercise Street pilot will provide residents with a new space to safely exercise in, whilst the measures in our district centres will make social distancing easier by reallocating parking spaces to create more space for pedestrians.”
The final initiative within the pilot will see a 20mph speed limit introduced on London Road and a new temporary cycle lane installed to improve road safety and encourage more essential journeys to be made by bicycle.
Councillor King added: “At this challenging time, residents must continue to follow social distancing guidelines and temporarily widening footpaths will make it easier for pedestrians and shoppers to safely share the space outside shops.
“Although only essential journeys can be made during this time, it’s important we maintain road safety for those who have to travel and the reduced speed limit and new cycle lane on London Road will, we hope, contribute to this.”
The schemes will be reviewed and monitored for the duration of lockdown and any that prove particularly successful may be considered for permanent implementation once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.