Saracens games and parking

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0979
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your answer to Question 2013/5161 "Can TfL arrange for the electronic signs on the A1/A41 on days when Saracens are playing at Allianz Park Copthall Stadium to display that fact, to help ease congestion and parking problems?" Your answer being "Yes, TfL can use electric signage on the A1/A41 when the Saracens are playing at Allianz Park Copthall Stadium.  TfL will also meet with the club, borough and traffic management company and suggest they use static signs or mobile electronic signs as well"; What progress has been made towards  ensuring these various arrangements  start at least before the end of this season?

Answer

Answer for Saracens games and parking

Answer for Saracens games and parking

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has already been in contact with Saracens RFC regarding its event-day traffic management arrangements and the club has advised that it is happy with the traffic and transport on event days and that there are no specific issues with traffic flows.

The club also confirmed that it has already conducted a comprehensive review of its event-day traffic management arrangements, which did not indicate any traffic-flow issues in the stadium's area.

It was therefore concluded that the use of Variable Message Signs (VMS) signage on the A1/A41/A406 is not necessary, given the size of the Allianz Park and the relatively small traffic impact caused on event days.

TfL does not use VMS for match days at the Emirates, White Hart Lane or Stamford Bridge, all of which have far larger capacities than Allianz Park. Currently, TfL only uses VMS for events at Wembley and Twickenham stadiums, which have capacities of 90,000 and 82,000 respectively, so it would be difficult to justify their usage for events at Allianz Park, which has a capacity of just 10,000 and a minimal traffic impact by comparison.

TfL will continue to engage with Saracens RFC and LB Barnet on this matter.