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Rat-running - Westwood Park

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Posted on Wednesday, 28 January, 2004 - 05:38 pm:   

Has anyone any idea, where all the rat-runners through Westwood Park, are going?

It's almost constant from Honor Oak Road, through Westwood Park, and down Langton Rise every morning/evening. All seems to be executive cars on their way into town, but I don't understand the short-cut.

Could something be done to restrict this traffic through down residential streets?
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Posted on Thursday, 29 January, 2004 - 09:48 pm:   

have a look at the Forest Hill Steering Group forum, and those referring to Manor Mount, there have been a number of comments on the various experiences that people have about rat running- people are trying to get something done about this general problem in this area- perhaps you could lend your support to this?- the more people who get together to take action the better. I suspect the short cut avoids Forest Hill Road, but I could be wrong.
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Posted on Friday, 30 January, 2004 - 12:53 pm:   

I believe many of them are aiming for Lordship Lane via Goodrich Road.
I agree rat running is a major problem. I live in Devonshire Road and most traffic is through traffic on residential road
Andrew Reid
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Posted on Tuesday, 03 February, 2004 - 10:47 pm:   

Rat running through Westwood Park (and Canonbie Road) is a very long standing problem which has been monitored by the Tewkesbury Lodge Estate Residents' Association (TLERA) since at least 1986. The traffic continues through Langton Rise to Underhill Road, or to Brenchley Gardens and thence (via the illegal left turn) to Nunhead. It's all a way of avoiding the South Circular/ Lordship Lane or Forest Hill Road. The difficult junction between HOR and Forest Hill Road adds to the problem - the Council say improving this junction will increase the traffic... The traffic comes from the Bell Green area - and, I suppose, before that from the Bromley direction. TLERA took the view years ago that any blocking of roads to stop the traffic would be most inconvenient to local residents and that controlling speed was a better option - the humps were a result of this approach. Unfortunately traffic levels have continued to rise.
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Posted on Tuesday, 17 February, 2004 - 11:25 am:   

I'm sorry, but I've lived on Westwood Park for 4 years and think it's an extremely quiet road. Personally I think the cars are those of local residents going to and from work/school on the whole. I've got friends who live on real rat runs in Nunhead and East Dulwich, and it's a completely different story. (Granted I do live between Langton Rise and Canonbie Road, but often walk up the hill to Horniman School too).
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Posted on Friday, 20 February, 2004 - 09:02 am:   

Granted, its not the M25, but I walk along WP most mornings between 7 & 8 and the traffic is almost continuous - I would estimate between 5 - 10 cars a minute, that's 300 - 600 cars an hour!

As I say, hardly disasterous, but its not intended to be a through route.

Incidently, nearly all of them turn down Langton Rise.
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Posted on Saturday, 28 February, 2004 - 08:30 am:   

A few of us passionate locals in the Benson/Ewelme/Woodcombe Crescent /Devonshire Rd area have got together to try and limit ratrunning through these streets- a meeting has been arranegd with senior council personnel on Wednesday evening ( 3rd March) to try and work through some solutions, which mayinvolve providing access for emergency vehicles only in some of these streets- if you want to join us you are welcome- can you leave a private e mail address/mobile no. on this website and I'll contact you.
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Posted on Sunday, 29 February, 2004 - 11:47 am:   

Tyson Road, Dunoon Road are also rat-runs. Tyson Road in particular suffers from heavy lorries coming down at speed and bumping heavily on the speed humps. Any solution needs to address the problem that all these roads are being used as access between Honor Oak Road and Devonshire Road by drivers avoiding the Sth Circular. Remember that easing the problem in one road may make it worse in another!
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Posted on Friday, 05 March, 2004 - 03:56 pm:   

How do you define a rat run ?, surely any tax payer can use any road in the country as long as they abide to the highway code.
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Posted on Friday, 05 March, 2004 - 05:13 pm:   

Large volumes of non-residents using residental streets as through routes, often using inappropriate speed, blighting the neighbourhood.

All subjective, but you know when you have a problem, besides having to replace the cat every week.
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Posted on Thursday, 21 September, 2006 - 10:34 pm:   

Ironic that Westwood Park is a 20 mph zone, yet traffic can negotiate this at 50mph, yet the nearby posh Tewkesbury Lodge estate is 30mph, and the traffic bumps damage cars at 15mph. 1/2 - nil Lewisham vs Southwark

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