|Measures Proposed to Tackle Bath Road Jams|
More parking and loading restrictions near Turnham Green station
Chiswick Councillors have approved a proposal to consult residents on a range of parking and traffic measures designed to improve conditions around Bedford Park Corner and along Bath Road and the northern end of Turnham Green Terrace.
Due to the absence of evening and weekend waiting restrictions along most of Bath Road,
vehicles parked at these times near the refuges occasionally cause obstruction to the buses
There have been a number of complaints about parking on Saturdays outside the Arts Educational School (Arts Ed) when a lot of weekend dance classes take place for children. Parked cars are causing visibility problems for cars turning into and out of side roads and if they are too near the refuges buses have difficulty getting past.
The lack of loading restrictions also means that vehicles are permitted to load and unload on Bath Road for up to 40 minutes and it is claimed that this leads to significant congestion.
Bath Road currently lies within the Bedford Park controlled parking zone (CPZ zone BP), which operates Monday-Friday 9.00am-6.00pm. Any single yellow lines within the zone (unless accompanied by specific signs to the contrary) operate during these times only.
The current waiting restrictions on and adjoining Bath Road are:
Bath Road outside the Arts Educational School
The short length of unrestricted kerbline north of Bedford Park Corner is often used by vehicles including vans and lorries. These parked vehicles can obstruct the passage of traffic, including southbound buses on all four routes, and have been the subject of several complaints
The possibility of improving the pick-up/drop-off bay at Turnham Green station was considered but due to space limitations, there is no prospect any enhancements for the foreseeable future.
The following proposals have been made to deal with the issues raised above:
a) No waiting and no loading at any time on each side of the Bath Road carriageway
adjacent to the pedestrian refuges:
These proposed sections of double yellow lines and double kerb blips are the minimum length necessary to prevent buses and other long vehicles being obstructed by parked cars and vans etc.
b) No waiting Monday-Friday 7.00am-7.00pm on both sides of Bath Road except where no waiting and no loading at any time is proposed, or where there are bus stops, zigzags or other restrictions. This means that the single yellow line restrictions would start 90 minutes earlier than at present and end 30 minutes later.
c) No loading Monday-Friday 7.00am-10.00am and 4.00pm-7.00pm in the same areas as the Monday-Friday 7.00am-7.00pm waiting restrictions described in b. above.
d) No waiting Monday-Saturday 7.00am-7.00pm and no loading Monday-Friday 7.00am- 10.00am and 4.00pm-7.00pm on the 24.0 metre section of kerbline on the northwest side of Bath Road, between the Bedford Park Corner zigzags and the bus stop clearway, adjacent to St Michael and All Angels Church.
e) A 16.0m long goods-vehicles-only loading bay on the southeast side of Bath Road outside the Tabard, between the end of the current bus stop clearway and the start of the zigzags. This would provide a clear space for goods vehicles to load and unload, without competition for this space from private motorists. The loading bay would operate at all times.
f) DDA compliant bus stop clearways as follows:
In addition the following measures are proposed for the northern end of Turnham Green
Terrace, the following measures are proposed:
It is also proposed to move the taxi stand 4.0m to the south, as taxis currently obstruct the carriageway close to the pedestrian refuge near the station. This will also improve visibility between northbound drivers and pedestrians using this refuge. This will reduce the zigzags on the departure side of the zebra crossing from four to three pairs.
Finally, it is proposed to make a small adjustment to the kerb build-out on the western side of Turnham Green Terrace, immediately adjacent to the mini-roundabout, to facilitate easier right turns by large vehicles including route 94 and 272 buses.
May 25, 2012