Sheen Lane crossing chaos

Mortlake Brewery is a wonderful site, but it is constrained by the Thames and the railway line. The density of the scheme will determine impact on traffic and transport. In order to avoid further congestion, we need real enhancements to public transport. Walking and cycling accessibility must be prioritized while car parking must also be carefully and tightly managed.

Turning to the continuing saga of the Sheen Lane level crossing, the Mortlake Community Association kindly gave time and money to help monitor and analyse what is actually going on. Our video recordings show the chaos regularly occurring in peak periods and beyond with barrier closures sometimes extending beyond 13 minutes.

These extended barrier closures regularly coincide with peak road traffic movement and pedestrian activity leading to potentially dangerous congestion on the narrow footways close to the level crossing. The station footbridge is too difficult for pedestrians with buggies and for the majority of cyclists.

The Stag Brewery development will inevitably add to the congestion here, even before we see longer trains arriving and possibly more trains bound for Heathrow.

Picture above – Chalkers Corner plan with proposed interventions.

There is absolutely no justification for widening the Lower Richmond Road approach to Chalkers Corner to support the development, as this will simply attract more through traffic along Mortlake High Street and Sheen Lane.

Any improvements at Chalkers Corner should tackle the inferior and severed cycling and walking facilities there. I agree with Tim Lennon wholeheartedly on this issue and encourage you to read his article on Active Transport.

The strategic traffic and air quality solution for Transport for London to address would be to separate the A316 Great Chertsey Road itself, possibly by introducing a “fly-under”.