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Changes to Knighton streets aim to improve safety, congestion and local environment

Published on Monday, February 14, 2022

Artists'impression of how one of the streets could look with a planter in place across one side of the carriageway

NEW measures are set to be tried out on neighbourhood streets in Knighton to help reduce traffic speeds and make it safer for children to get to school.

The measures - all of which are experimental - will include closing off streets to through traffic during school drop-off and pick-up times. 

Some roads will be closed at strategic points to prevent through traffic, whilst keeping full access to all properties at all times. Other roads will be made one-way, or will have experimental chicanes and planters installed to reduce traffic speeds and make junction crossings safer.

It follows extensive engagement with local residents and schools on ways to reduce congestion, tackle problem parking and limit traffic speeds in the area.

From Monday 28 February, Northfold Road and Eastcourt Road in Knighton will both operate as ‘school streets’. The roads are close to Overdale infant and junior schools, and are heavily affected by school traffic.

Both roads will be closed to through traffic from Monday to Friday in term times between 8am and 9am and again from 2.30pm to 4pm. The roads will initially be closed with barriers operated by marshals.

Parents at the school and other visitors will be directed to park at nearby ‘Park and Stride’ locations, such as the car park for Knighton Park. Residents with permits will be allowed through at all times – residents will be issued with free permits.

In addition, Ashclose Avenue close to the schools will be made one-way, southbound from its junction with Meadvale Road, to improve traffic flow and parking issues.

Also from Monday 28 February, Knighton Drive will be closed experimentally at all times at its junction with Knighton Road, near to St Thomas More school. The aim is to make it safer for schoolchildren to cross Knighton Drive, as well as preventing speeding and rat-running along Knighton Drive.  The road will be closed off with planters, and a turning circle created for vehicles.

Craighill Road will also be closed experimentally, with planters placed across the road, just south of the junction with Northcote Road and Houlditch Road. This will help to address traffic conflicts at the junction and speeding vehicles in the area. To further improve the safety of the junction, experimental priority ‘give ways’ will come into operation on Northcote Road, with barriers creating chicanes to slow down traffic.

All of the measures are being introduced experimentally to address concerns raised by local people.

Deputy city mayor for environment and transport Cllr Adam Clarke said: “We’re trying out these measures after listening to local residents, in response to the traffic problems they have told us about. Local ward councillors have been instrumental in engaging with residents and inputting ideas, and will continue to be closely involved with this scheme.

“All of these measures are experimental, so they can be changed or removed over time. We want to see how it goes and whether these changes make a positive difference.

“Making our neighbourhoods safer and healthier is a priority for us as we tackle the climate emergency. People should not have to put up with cars speeding through residential streets, or having their roads blocked by thoughtless school-run parking. Parents have told us that they would be more inclined to let their children walk or cycle to school if there was less traffic.

“By working together with local people and ward councillors, we are introducing changes that will make residential streets in Knighton safer, reduce congestion and help to improve air quality, benefitting both our personal health and wellbeing, and that of our city.”

Ongoing discussions with local residents about the experimental measures began in September 2021. A formal consultation on whether to make the experiments permanent will begin in March 2022.

More details about how the scheme will operate are available at  https://www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/knighton/

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