Measures to reduce cut-through traffic in the Royal Parks will be maintained for another year

After support from the general public, measures to reduce cut-through traffic in the Royal Parks will be maintained for another year.

Six-month traffic trials, finished in February was done across five London parks and attracted almost 18,000 responses.

Overall, they indicated support to see less cut-through traffic in the parks.

The decision to close the Avenue to vehicle traffic in Greenwich Park was the most popular, with 81 per cent of people supporting the measure to be made permanent.

A full-time closure of part of Chestnut Avenue between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates to motor vehicles in Bushy Park had a 56 per cent rate in favour of permanent measures.

Measures will be kept in place until March 2022. The council will collect additional data to get a better picture of the impact of the schemes before determining if they should be made permanent.

The measures include making The Mall in St James’s Park car-free on weekends during daylight hours, and a full-time closure of the vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross in Richmond Park.

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