Here's what I consider a poorly thought-out modal filtering scheme, in Hammersmith and Fulham (although in principle I support the attempt, I think it will cause knock-on problems):
The impetus behind it is completely understandable--you can easily see by looking at a map how it would be used as a rat-run, probably (I don't know the area well) used by drivers avoiding Wandsworth Bridge Road. 400 vehicles an hour on a residential street is extreme--the peak must be in rush hour traffic, but it may be more constant throughout the day for all I know.
So, it's good the council wants to do something about it, but as ever you have to filter a traffic cell completely, not go about it by partial measures. There's evidently no political will to filter the whole cell (which is very large and features numerous large trip generators like hotels, a lot of bad development around Chelsea Harbour with lots of car parking garages, etc.), so that there will continue to be a lot of through motor traffic via Chelsea Harbour and, as the article mentions, Bagley's Lane. In the area, you see the typical signs of various isolated filters being installed in partial response to existing rat-runs, e.g. in Bagley's Lane outside the Queen Elizabeth. I'm sure that one would have brought some relief when it was installed, but today, with sat nav systems available, I'm sure more drivers than before are finding their rat-running way via streets like Broughton Road or Broughton Road Approach towards Pearscroft Road and Bagley's Lane, and numerous other possibilities, as nothing is filtered completely.
I read about it in this article:
I can't find anything about the 'SW6 traffic campaign' and so don't know what their aims are.
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