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.
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.
Update 2/7/2020: The situation is now much more urgent, because the need for social distancing reduces the capacity of public transport, and without rapid improvements in walking and cycling it is likely that motor traffic will greatly increase as people go back to work and school.
Harrow and other London boroughs are required to rapidly improve conditions for walking and cycling to help the COVID-19 recovery, by building temporary cycle lanes and removing through traffic from minor streets. Funding has been allocated for this purpose, and the council needs to put the measures in place within weeks.
What are the council’s plans and how can I give feedback?
Click here to download the council’s temporary plan for Headstone South. You can comment on the scheme here: https://harrowstreetspacesproposals.commonplace.is/schemes/proposals/low-traffic-neighbourhoods/details
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.
Proposed locations of point closures and access routes
There will be 5 point closures within the Headstone South low traffic neighbourhood as shown on the map above, and an additional point closure on Victor Road (just to the north of this map), to prevent traffic using this route to bypass the Goodwill to All junction.
These will allow access to all properties but prevent people from driving through the neighbourhood.
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. Some layouts will not be feasible because they might result in long dead end roads or make it difficult for emergency services to access. However, there are probably alternative arrangements which might work. It is unlikely that the layout can be changed for the temporary measures because of the tight timescale involved, but they can be potentially be considered for the permanent scheme.
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.