The holistic review

At the DCC (Dulwich Community Council) in June 2016, Councillor Wingfield (Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm) promised a holistic review of traffic and transport in Dulwich.

He reiterated his commitment to this at a community meeting organised by Southwark Cyclists on 2 November 2016.

Sadly, all went quiet. Plans for Quietway 7 and the junction in Dulwich Village were approved and the work began, even though no holistic review had taken place.

Last week, our local councillors told us that consultants Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) have been appointed to carry out what is now called the Dulwich Traffic Management Study (Dulwich TMS).

SDG held their first meeting with the ‘reference group’, which is the nine local councillors from Village, College, and East Dulwich, on 4 September 2017. Cllrs Andy Simmons, Charlie Smith, Catherine Rose, Michael Mitchell and Jane Lyons attended. The Southwark officer in charge is Sally Crew.

Since then, we’ve been trying to find out more about the aims and scope of the Dulwich TMS. The introduction to SDG’s initial report says:

“Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) has been commissioned by Southwark Council to undertake a traffic demand study covering the three wards composing the area of Dulwich: East Dulwich, Village and College. The purpose of the study is to:

* use the existing evidence to identify challenges related to traffic and access in the area;

* engage the local community and stakeholders in identifying a series of opportunities for improvement;

* assess the list of interventions and agree, via engagement, on three packages of interventions aimed for short, medium and long term implementation”

We’re still not sure what a ‘traffic demand study’ is, and it’s been hard to find out more. We’re hoping that further details will emerge at the next Dulwich Community Council meeting on Wednesday 1 November at 7pm at Christ Church, 263 Barry Road, SE22 0JT which has ‘Travel and Transport’ as its theme.

Those of us who live and work in Dulwich hope that this study will consider all the issues that locals have been raising for some time, which include the need for:

* road and traffic interventions that see Dulwich Village as a centre in its own right – welcoming for pedestrians who use the local shops, and safe for children walking and cycling to school – rather than a place to travel through

* flexible and proportionate solutions to road or junction improvements because of the huge variations in traffic at different times of day and year (Dulwich has a large number of state and independent schools, and there is a noticeable spike in traffic during term times)

* better public transport

* consistently reduced traffic speed

* improved provision for safe cycling

* good parking for the local independent shops

* improved air quality

* better routes for the Foundation school coaches

* joined-up thinking, so that the effects of interventions are considered as a whole rather than individually

Cllr Wingfield has led us to believe that the traffic study would be wide-ranging. He has promised that the holistic review would not be partial or incomplete. Additionally, in response to a public question at Southwark’s Cabinet meeting on 19 September, he said that the holistic review would include recommendations from the Dulwich Vision (Southwark’s policy document about Dulwich) and Transport for London’s ‘Healthy Streets’ – both of which emphasise many of the issues outlined above.

We will post more information here as details emerge.