Partingdale Lane & road safety

Meeting: 
MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Reference: 
2004/1454
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you give me your assurance that no TfL money will be used to support traffic calming measures being suggested as a way of mitigating the proposal by Barnet Council to reopen Partingdale Lane, against the wishes of local residents? Are you aware that this road was previously used as a busy rat run by up to 500 cars an hour prior to its closure seven years ago and is now transformed into a quiet country lane used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists, which has no pavements? Are you also aware that in the six weeks it was briefly re-opened by Barnet council, from December 2002, three collisions occurred including a Hit and Run in which a 60 year old man walking down the Lane was left on the road with a badly broken leg?

Answer

Answer for Partingdale Lane & road safety

Answer for Partingdale Lane & road safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware that following the closure of Partingdale Lane in the late 1990s casualty levels reduced dramatically, and I obviously welcomed this.

The decision to reopen it was made by Barnet, and was not one that I could prevent. I can confirm however that no TfL funding is currently allocated to traffic claming measures on Partingdale Lane, to mitigate against the undesirable consequences of its reopening which you describe.

If Partingdale Lane remains open, and accidents continue to occur, TfL's response to any bid from the London Borough of Barnet for road safety funds to support traffic calming measures along Partingdale Lane, could be that the resolution to the problem is not traffic calming but the reclosure of the road - especially as road safety funds are limited and need to be spent where the benefits are maximised.