West Harrow is a residential neighbourhood containing a school (Vaughan School) and a park. However, there are a number of through routes available for motor vehicles, which means that traffic can be heavy, particularly near the start and end of the school day. Most of the roads have car parking on both sides with space for just one car in the middle, which causes congestion if people are trying to drive in both directions. Vaughan Road is marked as a cycle route, but is unsuitable for cycling because of heavy traffic and lack of space for overtaking.
We are currently running a campaign for a low traffic neighbourhood in the area – if you are a Harrow resident please show your support here: https://www.change.org/p/harrow-council-create-a-low-traffic-neighbourhood-in-west-harrow
As of 28 Jan 2020, we have over 70 signatures in support, but more are welcome!
A low traffic neighbourhood could be created by closing roads at certain points to block off the through routes. All properties will still be accessible by car, but from only one of the surrounding main roads. Studies of similar schemes has shown that this reduces traffic within the area but does not increase traffic on the surrounding roads, as people choose to walk or cycle rather than drive for short journeys.
Where will the road closures be located?
At this stage we are not campaigning for a detailed design. The actual design would be developed in consultation with local residents, if the council takes it forward. One possible arrangement is shown below, but this is just an example to demonstrate the principle, not a definitive plan.
Other measures to make the streets more people-friendly include replacing some of the roadside car parking with benches, trees, residential bike hangars, or planters.