Headstone South low-traffic neighbourhood

The area bounded by Headstone Gardens, Parkside Way, Station Road – North Harrow, Pinner Road and Harrow View is a residential area with narrow roads. The surrounding roads are main roads and bus routes. This area suffers from rat-running, with roads such as Pinner View being frequently used by through traffic.

Update 12 Oct 2020: Harrow council has commenced this trial. We support this scheme as it will prevent the area being used by through traffic and make the streets quieter and safer. The council has listened to residents and amended the original design to provide more convenient access routes for residents in the centre of the zone.

Background to the campaign

Residents organised a petition in December 2018 to January 2019 which gathered over 400 signatures, and presented it to ward councillors (more info). Harrow council appointed Sustrans to carry out traffic surveys and undertake stakeholder consultation in early 2020, with the intention of developing a low traffic neighbourhood scheme. A residents consultation and workshop was held, but the consulation process was then halted because of COVID-19.

However, after the COVID-19 lockdown, the Government required all local authorities to rapidly create low traffic neighbourhoods and cycle lanes to enable people to walk and cycle safely as they return to work and school. This is in order to avoid an increase in car traffic or overcrowding on public transport.

How will traffic flow with the new arrangements?

Current traffic flows

Currently there is full access to any of the residential areas from any of the access routes, and there are many potential routes for through traffic which bypass main road junctions.

Examples of existing routes for through traffic in Headstone South. Base map © OpenStreetMap contributors

Location of point closures and access routes from 9 Oct 2020

Access routes for roads within the Headstone South low traffic neighbourhood from 9 Oct 2020. Base map © OpenStreetMap contributors

Are there alternative road layouts for a low traffic neighbourhood in Headstone South?

Yes, there are many different ways that the point closures could be arranged in order to prevent the area being used by through traffic.

In the initial design, Chandos Road and surrounding streets were proposed to have access from Harrow View. However, residents in the area preferred to have access via Pinner View, so a revised design was created.

How can I find out more about low traffic neighbourhoods?

Click here for our web page on low traffic neighbourhoods, which has links to other sources of information.