You will have noticed some changes in Dulwich's street scene, and more are in progress or under discussion. Here is a little background:
The Fountain roundabout: This is dangerous, partly because the central island is off of line of the north/south traffic, so that southbound vehicles speed into the junction. The recently completed design incorporates road narrowing and a cycle slip. Some residents have expressed reservations and we must now wait and see how the new lay-out works in practice.
Traffic signals: College Road/South Circular; and Dulwich Village. Both these sets of signals generate widespread frustration. The former causes unnecessary delay, mainly by blocking westbound traffic coming from the north; the latter risks serious collisions due to confusing green signals. We have reflected these concerns in persistent and continuing representations to Southwark Council and Transport for London. The new signals at East Dulwich Grove/Townley Road seem to need some timing adjustments.
Greendale: On a more constructive note, we are pleased with the prospect of a new walking and cycling path between Greendale and Sainsbury's on Dog Kennel Hill. The path is being constructed by the Southwark branch of the charity Groundwork with funds from Groundwork's own budget and from the two Community Councils of Dulwich and Camberwell. The new path will enable Dulwich people, and especially residents on the Sunray Estate to reach Sainsbury's and other destinations on foot or cycle rather than circuitously by car via Lordship Lane. A truly green route!
Buses: More controversially, London Buses have been pressing for routing and streetworks changes of their routes 42 and 37. The current indications are that local opposition has thwarted a proposal to re-route bus 42 to Sainsbury's, but that changes to car parking in Half Moon Lane to assist bus 37 are proceeding. The 42 route may be extended down Red Post Hill and along Half Moon Lane to Herne Hill if satisfactory turnaround can be arranged there.
Junction complex at Herne Hill: Through the Herne Hill Forum the local community is pressing for radical changes to the road layout on both sides of the Lambeth/Southwark border. The present layout is dangerous and intimidating for pedestrians and delays buses and cars. The proposed new layout would help solve these problems and contribute to commercial and community regeneration. Watch this space for further news!
Travelling to school: Travel to and from Dulwich's many schools often dominates the rush hours in term time. In North Dulwich, five schools are collaborating with each other and the highway authorities to help and encourage pupils to walk and cycle to school. The schools are Alleyn's Senior and Junior, JAGS Senior and Junior and Charter School. The work is guided by an effective steering group representing parents, the schools, the local authority and the Dulwich Society. Each meeting of the group reviews: what parents can do; what the schools can do; and what Southwark Council can do. So far, parents have arranged Walking Buses and other activities focussed on Walk to School Week; the schools have installed cycle parking racks and a new pathway at Alleyn's. Southwark Council have recently signalised the junction between Alleyn's and JAGS and will shortly be consulting on safety measures on Red Post Hill outside Charter School and a pedestrian crossing of Townley Road. These measures rely on substantial funding from TfL. We hope to have more news in our next edition.