Richmond park off limits to bikes

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  • Seems they are tarmac-ing a section of the Tamsin Trail (off-road loop) next to Broomfield hill. Was the one section that was vaguely testing. Seems an odd decision. I imagine it may encourage some to ride too fast going down it.

  • Going down it was sketchy few times I've attempted, but sad to see them turn that into Col du Broomfield...

  • Ahh, that's a shame. I saw they were resurfacing it last weekend but thought they were just repairing the track.

    It does get sketchy pretty quick and I bet it sees some incidents. Heavy rain (of which we seem to be getting more intense episodes of) ruts out the bottom section and the last bit becomes very sandy in summer. The challenging aspect is probably a bit too much for what is meant to be a family friendly loop for any ability. Is a shame though. The naughty descent right by the park wall on the outside is good fun on a mountain bike, but obviously illegal so you should never attempt that, even at dusk when the park is pretty empty...

  • Yep, the sad thing is mainly the idea of putting more tarmac on what should be a natural area of parkland. The surface and the gradient meant you could do a short effort uphill while going at a speed that's considerate pace for walkers etc.

  • The creeping urbanisation of parks, Metropolitan Open Land, and Common Land has been a problem for a long time and always has to be resisted. I'm sure there will be a rationale somewhere why they've taken this decision, and I don't know the park at all, but it doesn't sound good.

  • yup, will have cars using it soon

  • Does anyone know why Roehampton pedestrian gate shut today and yesterday? I thought they were open from 7:30am to 8pm during cull. Is it due to bloody Eunice?

  • Yeah, fallen trees.

  • Ah cheers

  • Yep...wonder how extensive the carnage is.


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  • https://www.royalparks.org.uk/managing-t­he-parks/park-strategies/the-royal-parks­-transport-and-movement-strategy/richmon­d-park2

    "
    Outcome of the Movement Trial in Richmond Park

    After extensive traffic analysis and over two years of trials, we are making three measures permanent:

    • No through traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park
    • A permanent closure of the vehicle link between Sheet Gate and Sheen Cross
    • On weekends and public holidays, a restriction on all cut-through traffic between Roehampton and Richmond Gates.

    The car park access arrangements that have been in place throughout the trial will also now be made permanent. Please refer to the map on this page for more detail.
    "

    It's a start I suppose. Still too many cars in the park.

  • It's a start. It's insane at the moment during the week. This morning at 7.15 there was a queue to get in at Richmond Gate and continuous streams of traffic from there to both Kingston and Roehampton. Made it quite unpleasant actually, and I'd gone that way to avoid the traffic hell that is Sheen - Barnes.

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