Support opposition to the traffic measures – Download the petition

The petition below can be downloaded by clicking here –  PETITION against Ellerton Calming measures. This is the petition to use if you wish to gather names and help us show the council how unpopular these proposed measures would be. Email any queries to – and the team in Wandsworth walking the streets to get signatures.


We the undersigned petition the Council to reject all the proposals to manage traffic either  on a trial or a permanent basis, as detailed in the “Ellerton Road Area Through traffic reduction scheme” as outlined in the Council’s consultation document dated September 2012 and Paper 12-431 delivered to the Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 27.6.12.

This petition has been started by John Goodacre who may be contacted at

Wandsworth Council propose to introduce a traffic management scheme upon the request of a small number of Ellerton Road residents who have lobbied the council to investigate and develop measures to address the issue of traffic using Ellerton Road as a cut through between Burntwood Lane and Magdalen Road, thereby avoiding rush hour congestion on Trinity Road.


The Council propose the introduction of various measures to include restrictions on the ability of all vehicles to :-


1) turn left from  Magdalen Road into  Lyford, Multon, Titchwell, Ellerton, Tilehurst  Roads, Fieldview and Openview at evening rush hour periods;

2) turn right from Burntwood Lane into Ellerton Road and Tilehurst Roads, Fieldview and Openview  during morning rush hour periods;

3) pass down Collamore Avenue into Burntwood Close at any time by introducing a “No Entry” sign;

4) pass down Lyford Road from Magdalen Road at any time by introducing a “No Entry” sign.

In addition, it is proposed to introduce a width restriction in Ellerton Road to prevent the passage of large vehicles at all times.



We the undersigned oppose all the above proposed measures for the following reasons: –

  1. The proposals will divert traffic into already congested and narrower streets to the west of the area (that do not benefit from partial off street parking as Ellerton does), namely Dawnay Road, Swaby Road, Tranmere Road and the seven other streets adjacent.
  2. The impact of the displacement of this traffic will increase the likelihood of serious road traffic accidents particularly where children from three local schools, Earlsfield Primary, Beatrix Potter Primary and Burntwood Secondary School, are dropped off and collected and will increase the potential for RTA’s involving children.
  3. The proposed controls will, in the evening rush hour period, necessitate local residents in a total of 19 streets on the Magdalen Estate turning right off Trinity Road (a Red Route) into Routh Road instead of the wider junction of Magdalen Road in order to access their homes. “Rat Runners” will soon realise that they also can take this route in the evening to access Ellerton Road in order to reach Burntwood Lane. So residents in the lower ¾ of Ellerton will not see any decrease in traffic at the busiest time. In fact the volume of traffic using Routh Road and Loxley Road in the evening could as a result, be higher than that currently experienced by residents in Ellerton Road as they will have local residents as well as “rat runners” using Routh Road to get home. This fundamentally undermines the scheme.
  4. Traffic, queues and delays on the red route will increase, with motorcycles overtaking the additional queue of vehicles waiting in Trinity Road to turn right into Routh Road increasing the risk of RTA’s.
  5. Further controls of traffic entering Routh Road/Loxley Road in the evenings would not be possible as they would block off access to the area as a whole given the proposal’s design.
  6. The inability to turn left off Magdalen Road into the Magdalen Estate during rush hour periods will force local residents and other vehicles wishing to access these roads, to use Swaby and Tranmere Roads then Burntwood Lane, then Ellerton Road, adding to journey times and pollution, increasing the risk of accidents and damage to vehicles in these narrower roads and adding up to a mile to their journey.
  7. To avoid long and time consuming detours, residents and existing “rat runners” may undertake dangerous U-turns on Burntwood Lane and Magdalen Road. This undermines the scheme.
  8. All residents in Ellerton Road should have been aware of the traffic situation when moving there The Council’s traffic census conducted in 2011 showed a 7.5% reduction in the number of vehicles using Ellerton Road at peak volume in the morning and 18% reduction in the evening peak volume, compared to 2004. The need for the scheme, given its impact upon surrounding streets and the costs of implementing and policing it, is therefore questionable as it will bring little benefit to a few but massive disruption, inconvenience, loss of amenity, increased risk of accidents and additional cost to the far greater majority in 36 streets.
  9. The proposals will inevitably result in residents of Routh, Loxley, Tranmere, Swaby and Dawnay Roads, demanding that further costly traffic management measures are taken to offset the displacement impact of this scheme.  Similar measures here would then make the whole area inaccessible. The scheme is disastrous for the area as a whole.
  10. Extensive queues of vehicles that would otherwise filter through the Magdalen Estate will form  at the traffic lights at junctions on Burntwood Lane/Trinity Road and Garrett Lane/Magdalen Road. Access onto these roads will take longer, be more dangerous and difficult and journey times in the area will increase, as will pollution levels, contrary to Wandsworth Council’s stated policy of reducing carbon footprints.
  11. The width restriction in Ellerton Road will force large commercial vehicles into other less suitable roads in the area, will hinder and delay emergency services response vehicles and will hinder refuse collection services.



Sir Bobalot

Sir Bobalot

An anonymous lover of the Magdalen Estate community

6 Responses to Support opposition to the traffic measures – Download the petition

  1. Thanks for the informative read Sir Bobalot, I’ll be sure to support the cause.

  2. Robert Laughton says:

    Please don’t just support the cause – please fight the power

  3. terrysmith terrysmith says:

    We wish to clarify a comment that the proposed changes to traffic management are related to Trinity Fields. The Trust is currently circulating an invitation to all members of the Magdalen Estate to attend an open morning at Trinity Fields when Trustees will be available to answer any questions that residents may have as to the proposed new pavilion and all-weather pitch. Our application for planning approval includes a traffic assessment report which confirms that there will no increase in traffic generated and therefore no impact on current traffic problems in the area. At no time has it been suggested to Trustees that the proposals to introduce traffic restrictions within the Magdalen Estate are related to the improvements proposed at Trinity Fields. Trustees welcome the opportunity to address this and other issues founded on misinformation which are circulating within the community at an open morning on Sunday October 14th between 10am and 12pm.

  4. Robert Laughton says:

    Many thanks for your comment – this is an open forum where all are open to post their opinions.

  5. Juliet Brant Smith Juliet Brant Smith says:

    This scheme is utterly ludicrous and it’s beyond belief that a council such as Wandsworth could have dreamt up something so ridiculous that will impact thousands of residents in many, many roads and cause serious disruption to the flow of traffic.

  6. Dan M Dan M says:

    For what it’s worth, two thoughts regarding the exclusion of Tranmere and Swaby Roads from the scheme:

    1. Is it purely coincidence that boundary of the scheme falls on a ward boundary (Openview is the demarcation between Earlsfield and Wandsworth Common)? Was the “view” and “local knowledge” that led to the exclusion of Tranmere and Swaby simply a glance at a ward map by DECS?

    2. At last night’s public meeting it became clear that no analysis into existing traffic levels at roads other than Ellerton has been undertaken. Reasons appear to be budget and a desire not to pester Boris Johnson for investigation into Trinity Road traffic light timings. Leaving the stupidity of that decision to one side, I note that traffic analysis was carried out in 2007 when Earlsfield School tried (unsuccessfully) to petition for a school crossing patroller. The survey conducted at the time indicated peak traffic levels of 251 vehicles per hour and 231 vehicles per hour in morning and afternoon peaks respectively, which is around 4 vehicles per minute. Therefore, to reach the Council’s 300vph safety limit would require only one additional vehicle per minute. That doesn’t exactly seem like a far cry under these proposals…

    (For details of the 2007 Tranmere Road survey see para 9 of for Tranmere traffic survey)

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