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Innovative traffic calming measures for school

Lambeth road markings1

A London road has been adored with brightly coloured circles in an innovative traffic calming measure designed to protect local school children.

New Park Road in Lambeth is home to Richard Atkins primary school, but it also has 40% more collisions than other similar roads in the area. Between 2010 and 2014 four school children were injured in traffic accidents there, three of them crossing between parked cars.

Pedestrian and cyclist charity Sustrans came up with the design for Lambeth Council. It was piloted earlier this year.

A spokesman for Lambeth Council said: “There was an accident black spot outside the school and parents were concerned about speed. We recognised we had to do something.”

Initial suggestions to pedestrianise the road were not met with support from local residents and businesses.

The scheme’s engineer is Nick Howdle-Smith, the urban designer is Feras Fathallah and the project manager is Phillippa Banister.

Banister said: “The playful designs were collaboratively developed with community members and parents from the school over a number of design sessions. Their main objective is to provide multiple, safe and short crossing points where people want to cross, reduce the volume of non-local traffic and ban HGVs, apart from for access. People told us it isn’t obvious there is a primary school on New Park Road so the non-standard patterns on the carriageway, unusual shaped build outs, the planting of 13 new trees and raised crossing points all help to refocus the street around people, especially children, to ensure that the number of accidents is reduced and the street made safer and healthier for everyone.”

The scheme is not yet finished, but one aspect that has been competed are the bright dots to highlight safe crossing areas. Trees, planters and circular buildouts will also be used to slow down traffic. The scheme will be completed in the New Year.

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  • This appears to be a rat-run, allowing drivers to cut a corner getting between the South Circular and the A23.

    It doesn't sound like this will change. It will still form a short-cut which will save a few seconds for drivers in rush hour, so the road past a primary school will continue to form an ersatz part of London's strategic road network.

    If all we can do is some 'non-standard patterns' and some 'unusual' build-outs, are we engineers or just street artists?

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