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messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by BellendenBear February 03, 08:42PM

It seems unreasonable to close entry to champion Hill without allowing traffic to turn right from Grove Hill Road into Grove Park. This is one of the most commonly listed objections on The Southwark website. They say that they hope that with time traffic will move onto main roads but at the moment it is not possible for traffic to go from Bellenden Road area towards Denmark Hill without using residential roads as you canít turn right at Dog Kennel Hill school. So instead of pushing traffic onto main roads, it will increase traffic on Bromar Road and through the DKH estate on roads which are far more congested than Champion Hill.

I can see why the council want to reduce traffic but surely they could improve their strategy. At the moment it seems that they just respond to pressure from one group of residents by pushing the problem onto somewhere else.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by sdrs February 04, 12:10AM

Bang on. A brand new ďrat runĒ will be created, bisecting the East Dulwich Estate (what consideration is being given to the residents?) Bromar and Pytchley Roads are, as you say, far less able to cope with traffic than Champion Hill. But TfL have ruled out lifting the banned right turn from Grove Hill Road onto Grove Lane due to the impact this would have on northbound buses coming up Dog Kennel Hill.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Passiflora February 05, 10:48PM

Looks like this Experimental Traffic Order has come into force and not long after the notices were posted.

Had to drive straight over the top of Dog Kennel Hill today to access entry on to Denmark Hill.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by sdrs February 05, 11:41PM

Yes, thatís why Dog Kennel Hill, Grove Lane and Champion Park were all gridlocked by 8.15am today in morning rush hour. Doesnít bode well.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Mrspushkin February 11, 09:53PM

Still a total nightmare. Have been trying out various routes to Herne Hill all of which are gridlocked. This morning a trip thatíd normally take 10 minutes took 45. Donít know if anyone else has noticed but the driving in the area has become increasingly aggressive over the last week. Who at Southwark thought closing that road was a good idea?

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Paul Lupton February 12, 09:02AM

What a nightmare this simple road closure is turning into

First, I had no idea there was a consultation - why donít they do one (properly for regular road users) - under 80 people resonded to th official consultation (I read)

2nd there are no signs indicating it is blocked off especially at Dog Kennel Hill lights by the school so me and other countless vehicles (including a Southwark Councillorry) had to turn round at the cycle lane - warning thereís a camera for any misdemeanours !

3. How is this improving traffic flow ? At 9:30am, a journey to a gardening client took 20 mins and normally takes 5 mins - the traffic jam at the Denmark Hill Stan traffic lights was further back than the George Canning PH

Surely this canít be permanent ?

Anyone have any info as to whom to complain to ?

Iím just fed up of London Co7ncils making driving for all more and more ridiculous - if you canít park any where they just close or block off a really handy locals routs - we are constantly being forced down the main road route with endless queues, frustration and costs.

Is it me?
Paul Lupton Garden Services

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Paul Lupton February 12, 09:07AM

Ps I missed off - they have only just reopened the bridge on Grove Lane and now this ! The reopening saves me at least 20 mins a day and relieves Bellenden of traffic chaos all day but especially at peak times

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by flanter February 12, 10:23AM

Just added eight minutes to my fifteen minute commute. That's eight minutes with the engine running so my carbon footprint is 50% up this morning. I cannot see who this is helping. And I do need to take a car most days.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Siduhe February 12, 10:26AM

wrong thread! sorry.



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messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Charles Notice February 12, 11:47AM

Paul Lupton Wrote:
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> What a nightmare this simple road closure is
> turning into
>
> First, I had no idea there was a consultation -
> why donít they do one (properly for regular road
> users) - under 80 people resonded to th official
> consultation (I read)
>
> 2nd there are no signs indicating it is blocked
> off especially at Dog Kennel Hill lights by the
> school so me and other countless vehicles
> (including a Southwark Councillorry) had to turn
> round at the cycle lane - warning thereís a camera
> for any misdemeanours !
>
> 3. How is this improving traffic flow ? At 9:30am,
> a journey to a gardening client took 20 mins and
> normally takes 5 mins - the traffic jam at the
> Denmark Hill Stan traffic lights was further back
> than the George Canning PH
>
> Surely this canít be permanent ?
>
> Anyone have any info as to whom to complain to ?
>
> Iím just fed up of London Co7ncils making driving
> for all more and more ridiculous - if you canít
> park any where they just close or block off a
> really handy locals routs - we are constantly
> being forced down the main road route with endless
> queues, frustration and costs.
>
> Is it me?
> Paul Lupton Garden Services

I have written many times to Eleanor Kelly, Peter John and Richard Livingstone about this who have never deemed to acknowledge my emails. No have they asked Southwark officers to respond.

I last wrote asking why Rupert Jones idea of a short closure during rush hour was never put up as an option. Again no response.

Southwark Officers have no idea how the area works only a ill thought out plan by children to inflict the master plan against moving traffic.

If our local Cllr cannot be bothered to respond, still they do not have to worry for another 4 years until election time what hope is there. I suspect it does not fit in with their agenda.

It was a great pity Ian Wingfield was deselected at least he knew the area.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by betternowthanthen February 12, 12:50PM

Yes our thoughts on this poor decision have now come true,

Took 5-10mins longer for my journeys, so my car engine is idling sitting at traffic lights far longer than needed, I'm idle far more than needed as other cars have no place to go....my journey time is extend, my engine is burning more fuel than needed......MORE POLLUTION IN THE AIR. More traffic! Well done, sure that was the council's intentions.

So by our clever council creating a problem that didn't exist, shoving more traffic that's adding to other traffic existing using the alternative routes, they have made more traffic/pollution problems for us all, with knock on affects that will anger other drivers/commuters/locals!

Delivery vans, cabs, tradesman, will also be affected, well in fact everyone will have similar issues who need a vehicle to create income, adding to thier woes with added lost time and fuel costs some little.

This only makes life hard and increasing pollution/traffic, which has have already proven by testament here on this thread. Hope the council are monitoring the increase pollution, and traffic, with before and after the closure, sure that's what they wanted, smiling at those poor results that will show they are losing a battle with traffic and pollution, which is almost impossible to win at this time.

The consultation of only 80 reply's or so close to this number is not it's worth in dog poo, sure the 100's if not 1000's of other people didn't know about the consultation, or was this the council keeping things hush hhush once again?!

Many more votes on the consultation would be needed to get a real perspective of the of peoples feelings of this stupid idea, an idea that has already failed.

By doing nothing to the change of direction of traffic on this road would

A: stop more pollution and traffic to already busy roads with traffic lights
B: Stop time wasting getting from A-B
C: Saved a lot of money being wasted from the tax we pay for this badly thought proposal being implemented. In fact i'd like to know the cost too! Sure it wasn't cheap.

I can't wait to pollute the roads more than needed, and it's only because I'm forced to, and don't want to break the law ignoring the no right turn either.

Happy driving everyone smiling smiley

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by CityMum February 12, 01:22PM

What a completely ridiculous idea this is proving to be. Having been promised, time and time and time again, a consultation on how to relieve the congestion and polution in the Denmark Hill/Camberwell Green area, hey presto the council have come up with a scheme to force even more traffic onto Denmark Hill. The area around Kings College is already dangerously poluted as it is. We all acknowlege that air polution needs to be tackled but increasing journey times and forcing cars into even more residential roads is not the way to do this. The excuse for coninuing the banned right turn at the top of Dog Kennel Hill/Grove Lane because of the impact this would have on buses coming from Dog Kennel Hill is pathetic given that the traffic now backs up to the George Canning and even more traffic is joining Dog Kennel HIll by Sainsburys. It must be miserable for Grove Lane residents on what is already a busy road. Added to this, the Grove Lane access to the car park behind Morrisons has also been blocked off, forcing even more traffic towards the Green, where carriageways are being narrowed! I'm sure a bunch of primary school kids could have come up with a better idea than this.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by MelissaVF February 12, 01:43PM

Totally agree - it's utter chaos and I am at a total loss to see any benefit to anyone. I am a resident and was against all the changes...I drive, I cycle, I walk along Champion Hill. Driving and Cycling it is worse than before. Walking no change I guess apart from at the moment all the traffic feels like added pollution. All my car journeys have been longer. Colossal waste of money.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by richard tudor February 12, 06:38PM

Following an email to Richard Livingstone regarding timed restrictions the following has been received back.

As it was never proposed as an option in the consultation document I do find it hard to believe it was ever considered but never mentioned.

The answer could have come from Sir Humphrey Appleby, GCB, KBE, MVO, MA (Oxon), "Yes Minister.himself.

If all viability and criteria had not been considered in full why implement the closure. This ridiculous idea should not have been implemented.

So people you have been legged over 100% by Southwark who wanted this scheme and no other.

They will not consider anything thing until a years time and then it will stay. I think we all know that.

"Livingstone, Richard
Tue 12/02/2019 16:15
Dear Mr Tudor

Our officers have considered the proposal for timed restrictions. However, at this stage they are unable to implement such a timed restriction as they are still exploring the viability and criteria to introduce such a restriction


I have bene told that our officers are happy to explore this option in the future, depending on the outcomes of trial"

Regards

Councillor Richard Livingstone
Cabinet member for Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality
Labour councillor for Old Kent Road Ward

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rahrahrah February 12, 10:32PM

CityMum Wrote:
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> What a completely ridiculous idea this is proving
> to be. Having been promised, time and time and
> time again, a consultation on how to relieve the
> congestion and polution in the Denmark
> Hill/Camberwell Green area, hey presto the council
> have come up with a scheme to force even more
> traffic onto Denmark Hill.

Itís outrageous that Camberwell was left out of plans for the Bakerloo line extension on the grounds that there was no way to stuff the pockets of developers with tax payers money in the process and then the proposed reopening of a station on the Thameslinknline was also knocked back. If we really are going to tackle pollution and congestion in SE London, someone is going to have to tackle the absence of the tube or similarly regular metro service.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rahrahrah February 12, 10:35PM

...and TFL are going to have to change their policy of being the public subsidy executor for Galliard Homes.

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Posted by Ruskin February 13, 12:04PM

Paul Lupton Wrote:
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>
> 2nd there are no signs indicating it is blocked
> off especially at Dog Kennel Hill lights by the
> school so me and other countless vehicles
> (including a Southwark Councillorry) had to turn
> round at the cycle lane - warning thereís a camera
> for any misdemeanours !


I've just seen a driver turn right at Champion Hill, mount the kerb and squeeze through the narrow cycle lane right in front of three Southwark engineers. People, there's a camera right opposite watching for this!

Pictures show the junction opposite the UCL Halls and the sign on Dog Kennel.

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messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Townleygreen February 13, 12:10PM

Is the section of Champion Hill beyond that no right turn now one way?

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rendelharris February 13, 12:15PM

Townleygreen Wrote:
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> Is the section of Champion Hill beyond that no
> right turn now one way?

No, people from the houses/halls between the junction and Denmark Hill can still drive out onto Denmark Hill.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Townleygreen February 13, 12:17PM

OK that makes sense. Thanks Rendel.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by Ruskin February 13, 12:36PM

Townleygreen Wrote:
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> Is the section of Champion Hill beyond that no
> right turn now one way?


Good question. I dodn't walk down to the bottom of Champion. I don't think it's one-way, though.

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Posted by richard tudor February 13, 01:27PM

Grove Lane this morning. All the way down to Denmark Hill. To bad if you wanted to get to Herne Hill or Rusking Park, Kings College.The master plan is working. Can anyone remember it this bad before Champion Hill was closed.

A revision of this crazy plan is needed immediately.

They could not see this happening.



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messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by uncleglen February 13, 01:37PM

Am I glad I haven't got children at the school....

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by PeterW February 13, 03:06PM

I'm going to go against the tone of most posts here and try and argue why I think the Champion Hill scheme, while it has problems, is the right thing to do.

To begin with, I think it's not ambitious enough Ė it should be (as originally agreed in the consultation a few years ago), to make CH access-only in both directions, ie at the three-way junction it should be entirely blocked to motor vehicles. But I'd also say that it should be introduced as part of wider changes to the whole area, to make it less convenient to drive along smaller, residential streets. Individual, one-off schemes like this just risk pushing the same traffic onto other residential roads. Now I get why Southwark are limited in how much they can do at once Ė itís down to funding Ė but it seems to me the point is not to argue *against* individual schemes but *in favour of* doing both these and more.

Why? Because it's vital both that cars are kept, where possible, off residential streets, and more widely that measures are taken to make driving short distances less convenient, thus pushing people onto other modes of transport. Of course, some people need to use cars, vans etc, but more than a third of all car trips in London are less than 2km Ė ie possible to walk for many, and can be done on a bike in about ten minutes. But people are less likely to walk Ė and definitely wonít cycle Ė when the roads feel so perilous and feral. Champion Hill is meant to be part of Quietway 7, a route aimed at slower, less-experienced riders. But before the scheme riding along it was terrible, especially the section with all the pinch points.

Any why should we be seeking to make this change? Because the current situation is both unsustainable and a massive social injustice. Factors like the growth of Uber and Amazon mean roads are ever-more congested. Doing nothing isnít an option. And private cars are a part of the problem. In Southwark, almost two-thirds of households donít own a car, and those who do are disproportionately likely to be wealthier. So you have a situation where a richer minority is imposing huge costs Ė noise, danger, pollution, congestion Ė on everyone. Pollution outside schools is a massive problem in London (and disproportionately affects schools in poorer areas Ė a common feature of traffic-related harm) but youíre not going to solve it by opposing every single scheme to reduce traffic. Instead, you need to argue for more of them. Most inner-London primary schools have small catchment areas, and the bulk of pupils could walk, cycle or scoot. The fact many donít is often because they feel the roads are too perilous, given the number of cars Ė that cycle needs to be broken. Eventually, as shorter car trips are replaced by people using buses, bikes, foot etc, it gets better for everyone, including those on buses, or those who have to drive.

My challenge to everyone complaining about this is simple: whatís your solution? The status quo isnít sustainable, not least with 10,000 or so people potentially dying young in London due to pollution, and an NHS which will collapse before too long unless people start become more physically active. If not such schemes, then what?

You might say, ĎAh, but itís just this scheme I object to.í But thereís always opposition. And if people argue vehemently against every such change (eg also Camberwell Grove), then nothing gets every gets done. And, to repeat, the status quo isnít going to stop kids from breathing toxic air, or make your trip to work any faster.

Disclosure: I live on CH, and so benefit from the change. And itís great. Parents taking kids to school no longer need to actually stand in the road so kids can safely cross (some drivers, annoyed when the person in front stopped, would go the wrong way round the traffic island and speed past anyway). And I accept the signage could be better at DKH, and hope very much the traffic chaos faced by others on CH and nearby ends soon. But even if the change was on a neighbouring road and it was making traffic by me worse, I wouldnít argue for it to stop. Iíd argue for more action, not less.

Mini-rant over.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rendelharris February 13, 04:02PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^
What he said.

You're going to get torn to bits by the pro-car, "I should be allowed to drive whenever and wherever I want" lobby which dominates these threads, but you're spot on.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by first mate February 13, 07:08PM

PeterW,
I think you make good points however as someone who does cycle part of the time I would say that the geography of ED is problematic in that we have two very steep hills either side. This is something of a block for those less physically able and needing to get to work. Even more so if you have to carry equipment around for your work. A flat Dutch landscape of the type I cycled in my youth makes a huge difference.

All that said you also referred to people less likely to walk and cycle when roads feel so perilous and feral and I agree but would observe this is not just about lunatic drivers but a sense of feeling safe in general. Walking or even cycling in the dark can feel unsafe full stop and this is an aspect that is not really being addressed, I feel.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rendelharris February 13, 07:18PM

first mate Wrote:
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> PeterW,
> I think you make good points however as someone
> who does cycle part of the time I would say that
> the geography of ED is problematic in that we have
> two very steep hills either side. This is
> something of a block for those less physically
> able and needing to get to work. Even more so if
> you have to carry equipment around for your work.
> A flat Dutch landscape of the type I cycled in my
> youth makes a huge difference.

eBikes are rapidly dropping in price, available on the cycle-to-work scheme, or it's easy to convert an extant bike to an eBike for around £300. When I was very seriously ill some years ago, so that I could only cycle slowly along the flat and hills were impossible, I converted one of my bikes to an eBike and it was fabulous, made anything possible (I lived near the top of Denmark Hill at the time and it ate the slope). Not a panacea but well worth considering for those for whom the hills are too challenging. Kind of wish I'd kept mine, very good fun it was.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by first mate February 13, 07:29PM

Yes, I have seriously considered these but then I also wonder about how safe to leave such things when one needs to! I do feel that feeling safe is a consideration, especially cycling at night.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by rendelharris February 13, 07:39PM

first mate Wrote:
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> Yes, I have seriously considered these but then I
> also wonder about how safe to leave such things
> when one needs to! I do feel that feeling safe is
> a consideration, especially cycling at night.

Yep, appreciate that though I do think that with reflective clobber and lights I might sometimes be safer at night than in the day. Batteries are the most valuable part of most eBikes, and nowadays they're about the size of a waterbottle and can be taken off in a second, don't know that without the battery they're much more vulnerable than standard bikes.

messageRe: Southwark Consultation on no entry into Champion Hill from Denmark Hill
Posted by wulfhound February 13, 07:43PM

Feeling safe is certainly a consideration, and not one that should be dismissed. Having said that, the only incidence I know of people getting mugged for/on bikes is school kids, and roadie cyclists getting jacked for expensive and obviously valuable road bikes. In general a relatively fast moving middle aged person on an unremarkable bike doesn't ideally fit the bill of what thieves are looking for.. they don't have time for the usual "lend us a pound" routine.

Ebikes usually have detachable batteries, which, while heavy enough that you'd prefer not to carry one around all evening (two or three kilos) by and large render the bike not worth stealing when removed.

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