The Alphabet Grid Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) is one of four in Merton.
The changes are designed to tackle the problem of through traffic using Links and Seely Roads to cut between London Road and Mitcham Lane to avoid the traffic lights at Amen Corner and Rectory Lane. Full access is still provided for residents, emergency vehicles, deliveries and trades.
For an initial six month trial period Links Road and Seely Road are closed to motor vehicles just east of Hailsham Road:
Why is an LTN needed here?
There has long been an issue with drivers from outside the area using Links Road and Seely Road as a cut through, also known as a rat run. Neither Links Road nor Seely Road were built for this.
The problem has got worse in recent years as mobile phone sat-navs have taken drivers down unsuitable side streets like Links and Seely with the aim of saving a minute or two. And COVID-19 is making things worse – with public transport dramatically reduced people are attempting to drive instead, causing more congestion and more use of residential streets like Links and Seely.
What does it mean for me?
Every resident in the neighbourhood still has full access by car. Deliveries, trades, emergency vehicles and anyone else that needs to use a car can still get to every house and every business. What is restricted is the ability to drive across the neighbourhood, which is aimed at those who do not live there. East-West travel should use Southcroft Road instead, which is a much wider and more appropriate road for though traffic.
The hope is that residents take advantage of the quieter streets and cleaner air to make more use of active travel – walking, scooting, cycling, mobility aids and more. While the roads may be closed to motor vehicles, they are very much open to active travel.
For more information about LTNs in general, see our Overview page.
Support the LTN!
If you support the LTN, please respond to the Merton Council consultation for Links Road and/or Seely Road. This is especially important if you live locally, as local opinions will count more than those from elsewhere.
Big thank you to @Merton_Council who will be trialling a scheme to close my road to through traffic. Had enough of cars and goods vehicles driving too fast & using it as a rat run. Hopefully it will help to encourage more 🚲 and 🚶♂️ as well.https://twitter.com/jjrpadmore/status/1298697252907765761