A new consultation into the network of residential streets that run between Addiscombe and Cherry Orchard roads could be extended to include modelling of the traffic in the whole area, involving Transport for London, and even look again at the controversial one-way routing of Lebanon Road, following the intervention of a residents’ group.
This month’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee received a petition asking the council to consult interested parties on making Addiscombe Court Road and Canning Road No Entry at their junctions with Addiscombe Road. This followed a year of traffic misery for the residents of streets to the east of Lebanon Road, which last year was made one-way, north-to-south.
Residents on other roads have complained that the road changes have been dangerous, with cars turning from Lebanon Road on to Addiscombe Road, close to the tram stop, and that the changes have displaced the rat-running traffic on to other streets. A new residents’ association was formed for Tunstall and Addiscombe Court Roads as a consequence of the road changes, and TACRA threatened to file a complaint to the local government ombudsman over the lack of consultation previously.
The council’s committee agreed a new consultation for the road patterns across a wider area.
The committee has asked for monitoring on the levels and direction of traffic and flow modelling, including the impact of future developments in central Croydon on traffic in the area covered by the various residents’ associations.
This will also require the involvement of Transport for London, which has responsibility for the main roads as well as the tram network, while any decision to alter the layout of the two Cherry Orchard junctions would require financial approval and input from the London-wide authority.
A two-car collision on Addiscombe Road earlier this week forced the closure of the road and shut down a stretch of the tram network, illustrating the way the road is a vital artery for Croydon.
Mira Armour is the lead speaker for the Addiscombe planning group which represents nine residents’ associations in the ward. Together with Shirley planning forum, which represents a further six residents’ associations, they have requested a meeting with the council and TfL to look at what strategic traffic management planning has been done so far and how their two groups will be consulted and involved in this process.
“I appreciate the problems experienced by residents in Addiscombe Court Road and supports them in their desire to get the matter resolved,” Armour told Inside Croydon, “but we need to look at the roads in the area as a whole, not deal with it piecemeal and pass the problem along to neighbouring streets without solving the underlying problems.”
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