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STAINES VILLAGE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT – September 2014 update


During the summer months Surrey County Council officers have been drawing up detailed plans which reflect the views expressed in the residents’ survey and the proposals made by the Staines Village committee. Officers met with representatives of the committee at the end of August to outline their plans and to obtain views on them.

The Council’s plans now very closely follow the Staines Village proposals, which were endorsed by the residents’ survey. These are for the creation of a residents’ parking zone, passing places at the “park” end of Church St and safety measures at the Lammas Park entrance.

With input from the SV Committee the Council expect to finalise their plans in the next few months and to put those out for formal community consultation. They hope to complete the process and implement the changes before the end of March 2015. 

Staines Village Traffic Management - Update

Many thanks to everyone who responded to the Staines Village Traffic Survey,. A substantial proportion of the households in the Village expressed their views making it truly representative.

Of the five traffic management schemes put forward for consideration, the one which was overwhelmingly favoured by residents was that proposed by the Staines Village committee. This emphasised the need to deal with residents parking, the creation of passing places at the “park” end of Church Street to minimise congestion and the introduction of traffic calming and safety measures at the Lammas Park entrance.

Once the survey was completed, members of the Staines Village committee met Surrey county councillor Denise Saliagopoulos and representatives of the County’s Highways Department to discuss the survey findings and consider the way forward. They were impressed by both the work done by residents and the strong survey response and they undertook to draw up detailed plans which reflect residents’ views. These are expected to be drafted by the end of September for further consultation with a view to implementation by the end of March 2015. 

 

Traffic Management & Parking proposals for Staines Village - April 2014


(as presented at SVR&TA AGM - 29, April 2014) 

For some years past, Staines Village residents have expressed concerns and sought solutions to a variety of traffic issues in the area. These have included provision of adequate residents’ parking, congestion at the Lammas Park end of Church St, control of speed of through traffic and entry/exit routes from the Staines Village area.

During 2013, Surrey County Council carried out a traffic survey and feasibility study designed to address two of these issues namely; Church Street congestion and speed control. They produced for residents’ consideration four proposals which are detailed below. They also invited residents to put forward their own concerns and solutions. The Staines Village Residents & Traders Association, through its traffic and parking sub-committee, has produced its own proposals which are also detailed below.

The Staines Village Resident & Traders Association now seeks to get residents’ views on all these proposals so that discussions with Surrey County Council can be based on an understanding of the whole community’s requirements.

Can you please therefore take time to study these proposals and then give your views on them either by completing the questionnaire attached, or by completing the questionnaire online at www.stainesvillage.co.uk or by emailing your views to Staines Village Residents and Traders Association traffic and parking sub-committee at traffic@stainesvillage.co.uk 

Staines Village Residents & Traders Association Proposals:

In summary, the traffic and parking sub-committee’s proposals are:-

  1. In the part of Church St between Wraysbury Rd and the park entrance, to create passing places by adding short stretches of double yellow lines on the churchyard side of the road.
  2. To install a “raised paved area” at the entrance to the park to calm traffic entering the Village.
  3. To seek a “residents only” parking restriction for 2 to 3 hours per weekday in appropriate parts of the Village between Bridge St and the entrance to Lammas Park.

The thinking behind these proposals is as follows:-

  1. It is agreed that the issue of congestion at the western end of Church St when the “free” parking area is occupied is a problem which has to be addressed. The Surrey County Council proposals involve either a one way system along that stretch or maintenance of two way but with full parking restrictions. The traffic and parking committee view is a one way system would encourage higher speeds (especially since traffic is entering from Wraysbury Rd) and that the two way system would deny a much needed parking facility to outsiders which would put more pressure on parking space in the rest of the Village.The Staines Village Residents & Traders proposal is that two passing places be created by the introduction, on the churchyard side of the road, of two stretches of double yellows, each about 20 metres long, the first starting 30 metres from the last house and the second 100 metres from it. A short stretch of double yellows should also be installed at the Wraysbury Rd entrance to Church St.Allowing cars to continue parking in this part of Church St would continue the speed restriction impact. Providing adequately spaced passing places should eliminate congestion and road rage incidents, especially if combined with the giving of priority to traffic from a particular direction.
  2. The committee is not convinced by either the effectiveness of “raised paved areas” or their visual/environmental impact in the context of Staines Village. We do however see a good case for some calming measure in Church St at the entrance to Lammas Park.There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that even with the calming effect of parked cars, traffic travelling from Wraysbury Rd into Church St can get to dangerously high speeds at the park gates where the road both widens and bends quite sharply. There is obvious danger to pedestrians leaving and entering the park and residents manoeuvring their own cars at this point are endangered.We believe that a “raised paved area” at the park entrance would satisfactorily address this issue.
  3. Inadequate road parking for Staines Village residents has for many years been a major problem. As the amount of “free” public parking has diminished (the introduction of charging in Lammas Park being just one example) the pressure on the few remaining areas has significantly increased. The Staines Village residents particularly affected are those with no off road parking at all (notably those on Church Island and in older properties in Church St) and those in Island Close whose off road parking is very limited and inadequate for their needs.The external pressure on parking comes from a number of sources. Most significant is the use of our streets by local workers on weekdays throughout the year. Summer brings extra pressure from park users who don’t want to pay the parking charges there and from time to time we see people using the airport (which can easily be reached by bus from Staines) using Staines Village as a free long term car park.Residents parking arrangements of the type now in place in the Moormede estate and elsewhere in Staines do not seem to us to be appropriate for Staines Village. Typically they allow only residents to park throughout weekdays and this seems unnecessarily restrictive in Staines Village where a number of local businesses would be adversely affected if their customers could not park close by.We therefore propose a Residents Parking Scheme in which road parking throughout the Village (excluding the western end of Church St by the park and the eastern end between Bridge St and High St) would be restricted to residents only for a small number of hours per weekday (e.g. between 8.00 and 11.00).  We believe this would discourage local workers and airport users and secure adequate road parking for those residents who need it.Satisfactory assurances would have to be given about the availability of residents parking permits, especially in those cases where residents might have access to some off road parking

Following are the 4 proposals presented to Staines Village Residents & Traders Association resulting from the Surrey County Council traffic survey carried out early 2014:

Surrey County Council Proposals - Option 1

The key features of this option are:-

  • One way traffic between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close, the permitted direction of flow being from Wraysbury Rd.
  • The cul-de-sac at the end of Vicarage Rd to be broken open to allow traffic to enter Wraysbury Rd but not to allow access from there. Vicarage Rd otherwise to remain two way.
  • Parking restrictions to remain unchanged.
  • Flat top humps to be placed at most junctions and at intervals in Church St between Vicarage Rd and Bridge St.  

Objectives:-

  • Improved traffic flow at western end of Church St.
  • No loss of “free” parking.
  • Speed control.
Surrey County Council Proposals - Option 2

The key features of this option are:-

  • Existing two way traffic system retained.
  • Double yellow lines introduced along the eastern and northern stretch of Church St between Wraysbury Rd and Vicarage Rd.
  • Cul-de-sac retained in Vicarage Rd.
  • Flat top humps in Church St between Vicarage Rd and Bridge St and between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close.

Objectives:-

  • Improved traffic flow at western end of Church St but loss of “free” parking in this area.
  • Speed control.
  • Cheap to implement.
Surrey County Council Proposals - Option 3

The key features of this option are:-

  • One way traffic between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close, the permitted direction of flow being from Wraysbury Rd.
  • Double yellow lines to be introduced in Church St on north side between Island Close and Vicarage Rd and on stretches of south side between Business Park and Bridge St .
  • No change in parking restrictions between Island Close and Wraysbury Rd.
  • Cul-de-sac retained in Vicarage Rd.
  • Speed cushions in Church St between Vicarage Rd and Bridge St and between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close.

Objectives:-

  • Improved traffic flow at western end of Church St.
  • No loss of “free” parking.
  • Speed control.
  • Cheap to implement.
Surrey County Council Proposals - Option 4

The key features of this option are:-

  • One way traffic between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close, the permitted direction of flow being from Wraysbury Rd.
  • Footway to be installed on park side of Church St between park entrance and Wraysbury Rd.
  • Double yellow lines to be introduced on parts of Church St between Island Close and Wraysbury Rd.
  • Double yellow lines to be introduced in Church St on north side between Island Close and Vicarage Rd and on stretches of south side between Business Park and Bridge St .
  • Cul-de-sac retained in Vicarage Rd.
  • Flat top humps in Church St between Vicarage Rd and Bridge St and between Wraysbury Rd and Island Close.
  • Flat top hump at junction of Bridge St and eastern end of Church St.

Objectives:-

  • Improved traffic flow at western end of Church St but loss of “free” parking in this area.
  • Improved pedestrian facilities near park.
  • Speed control.

16th March 2013 - SUSPENSION OF PARKING PROPOSALS - Surrey County Councilor Denise Salliagopoulos has pledged some funding and to work with the SVR&TA Traffic Committee to conduct a traffic and parking survey for Staines Village.  

New Parking Restrictions for Church Street

At the Spelthorne Local Committee meeting of Surrey County Council held on 21 January 2013, councillors approved proposals for revisions to various parking restrictions in Spelthorne. These included two changes affecting Church Street, Staines and it is thought that residents of Staines Village should be informed about these so that, if necessary, appropriate representations can be made to the County Council.

The proposals are as follows:-

  1. That the western end of Church Street on the opposite side of the road to Lammas Park should have double yellow lines from Wraysbury Road to Vicarage Road. At present parking is allowed on this stretch without restriction.
  2. That the current limited, single line, restriction between Staines Business Park and the junction with Bridge Street be converted into double  yellow lines so that parking will no longer be allowed there in the evenings and on Sundays.

Full details of the proposals and the thinking behind them is to be found at: 

http://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/documents/g2821/Public%20reports%20pack%20Monday%2021-Jan-2013%2018.30%20Spelthorne%20Local%20Committee.pdf?T=10

The first stage of implementing these proposals is for the drafting of Traffic Regulation Orders which have to be publicly advertised so that comments and objections can, during a period of 28 days, be made by the public. As yet the relevant Orders have not been advertised but they are expected shortly.


The Staines Village committee, acting on behalf of residents generally, is minded to make representations about these proposals. Concerns include loss of residents parking, greater pressure from commuters, excessive speeding on roads without parking and impact on businesses.

WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS

Peter Bower
Traffic and Parking Committee 
traffic@stainesvillage.co.uk 

Staines Village Residents and Traders Association
6 Cambria Court

Church Street, Staines 
TW18 4XY


Email: info@stainesvillage.co.uk