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Parkway area - Proposed 20mph zone

Update - 14 January 2009 - Results of Formal Consultation

Following the formal consultation carried out in September 2008 and the responses received, a report was submitted to the Street Management Advisory Committee in its meeting on 04 November 2008.

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Formal Consultation - September 2008

In line with Merton’s commitment to reduce vehicular speeds through 20 mph zones or 20 mph speed limits, funding has been allocated for 2008/09 financial year to convert existing traffic calmed roads within the borough into 20mph zones/limits. A 20mph zone is a dedicated area where improving safety and maintaining the quality of life for local residents takes precedence over the general objective to ease traffic movement. Within a zone, the traffic speed is not to exceed 20mph. To achieve this, traffic calming features in the form of road humps; speed cushions; road closures; one way systems; pedestrian refuge islands and road narrowings should be introduced.

A speed survey that was carried out in July 2008, recorded the following 85th percentile speed (85 out of 100 vehicles)

Road 85th Percentile speed (Direction 1) 85th Percentile speed (Direction 2)
Parkway north-west bound = 29.7mph south-east bound = 30.1mph
Elm Park north-west bound = 24.0mph south-east bound = 20.5mph
Southway north-east bound = 29.8mph south-west bound = 28.9mph


Parkway and Elm Walk are the only roads within the proposed area with traffic calming features. For this area to satisfy the criteria for a 20mph zone, traffic calming features have to be implemented in Southway and Meadow Close at a maximum distance of 100m apart.  The proposals include the introduction of 2 sets of cushions within the vicinity of Nos 43/45 & 11 Meadow Close; Nos 1/3 Southway; Nos 43/45 Southway; Nos 71/73 Southway; on Southway (46m north-east of its junction with Elm Walk). Please refer to the plan linked below.

What happens next

A Notice of the council’s intentions to make the Traffic Management Order (TMO) for the above measures will be published in the local newspaper, London Gazette and posted on lamp columns in the vicinity. Representations for and against must be done in writing to the Head of Street Scene and Waste Management Division, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX by no later than 26 September 2008, quoting reference ES/SGE/Parkway20mph.

Anyone who opposes the scheme must state the grounds upon which their objection is made. We also welcome letters of support.

Please note that responses to any representation received will not be made until a final decision is made by Cabinet. The council is required to give weight to the nature and content of your representations and not necessarily the quantity. Your reasons are, therefore, important to us.

A copy of the draft TMO, a plan identifying the area affected by the proposal and the Council’s ‘Statement of Reasons’ can be inspected at West Barnes Library and at Merton Link, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey during the council’s working hours, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Please note that the outcome of the consultation, along with officers’ recommendations will be reported to Cabinet for a decision. Once a decision is made, you would be informed accordingly via a newsletter.

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