Croydon Council's Lebanon Road one-way imposition
Mitigation started from 10 January 2018
The Council in 2015 decided to make Lebanon Road one-way southbound. Although there was a long-standing problem with Lebanon Road, and something needed to be done, it was made very clear that views of residents in roads most affected (Addiscombe Court, Tunstall and Canning Roads) would not be taken into account. The Lebanon Road one-way imposition started in January 2016, greatly increasing the traffic in Addiscombe Court Road and to a lesser extent in Canning. It created a new traffic hazard at Lebanon Road tram stop, with drivers overtaking stationary trams without a clear view.
The Council’s proposal to mitigate this was to make both Addiscombe Court and Canning Roads no entry from Addiscombe Road. Despite calls to do so, they have not as yet seriously considered any other options.
On 11 October the Transport Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) voted unanimously to make both Addiscombe Court and Canning Roads no entry northbound from Addiscombe Road.
Gordon put forward the overall view of residents in our two roads that reflected responses to our own questionnaire delivered through every letter box in October 2016. He said that opinion was divided. The Committee understood this well, both at the July 2017 and October 2017meeting, the Chairman repeating it on both occasions.
TMAC was likely to make Addiscombe Court no entry because of the safety hazard to pedestrians at the tram stop. Canning Road was less clear. Whatever they chose, someone in our two roads would experience a negative impact. Either some drivers in both of our roads would be inconvenienced by having to go a longer way round meaning increased time and petrol used on journeys, or Canning Road residents would have to live with up to 4,000 motor-vehicles a day; it would have remained both two-way and also become the only road between Colson and Canning taking all the northbound traffic. Canning Road is only 4 cm wider than Lebanon Road; the roads from Lebanon to Outram are more or less the same width.
The decision - made on safety grounds because of cars overtaking stationary trams without a clear view - will have an impact on all car drivers no longer able to turn northwards via Addiscombe Court or Canning Roads. Only time will tell how much impact it will have on residents in Elgin Road, as some drivers may decide to use other routes. For as long as the Lebanon Road one-way imposition continues to affect disproportionately one or two roads, it will remain the Lebanon Road one-way imposition issue.
The Council needs, with the help of Transport for London and the Mayor of London / Greater London Assembly, to devise a proper medium to long-term traffic management strategy for this area, rather than to persist with this clearly flawed, unsustainable and divisive policy of piecemeal change followed by mitigation. If you would like to be involved with this, we would welcome your input. Just contact us.
Here is the response we submitted to TMAC meeting 11.10.17