Through-traffic is to be banned in 2 of London’s stunning Royal Parks

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    The Royal Parks has announced a series of trials to reduce traffic in its parks and create more spaces for visitors to enjoy.

    In Bushy Park, the trial will restrict all through traffic with a partial road closure between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates.

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    In St James’s and Green Parks, the Mall and Constitution Hill will be closed to traffic on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures.

    In Greenwich Park there will be a full-time closure of the Avenue to cut through vehicle traffic, while in Hyde Park there will be trial closures of North Carriage Drive permanently, and South Carriage Drive on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures.

    The measures follow a wide-ranging consultation and input from thousands of members of the public, transport partners and local boroughs.

    Royal Parks said it will announce the start date of the trials and consultation period as soon as is possible.

    It said that reducing the volume of cut-through traffic through its parks « has long been an aspiration ».

    The parks have been temporarily closed – partially or fully – to motor vehicles since the end of March due to the coronavirus crisis, so most of the measures are already in place.

    Many residents and councillors have been calling for the changes to be made permanent in beauty spots such as Richmond Park.

    Mat Bonomi, head of transport for The Royal Parks, said: “Our Movement Strategy sets a clear vision for how we will manage our parks now and into the future. We know there is a lot of interest in what we will do next, particularly after the Covid-enforced road restrictions, so we are informing you now of our planned trials for later in the year.

    “It is clear that the role parks play in the health and happiness of our cities has never been more important than it is now, and for that reason we are accelerating the implementation of a series of trial projects across six of our parks. Our parks have been a lifeline for Londoners during the pandemic and, with more people than ever walking and cycling in London, these trials will be a chance for Londoners to continue to enjoy new car-free areas of the parks.

    “As the charity managing over 5,000 acres of historic parkland and green space across London, we must ensure that we conserve and enhance these unique spaces and support the health and happiness of Londoners now and in the future.”



    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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