Whitton High Street (2)

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Residents have raised concerns with me that since the changes to Whitton High Street, the kerbs have been made deeper. Not only has this increased damage to vehicles but accessibility is now much more difficult for people with mobility issues. Why have you funded a scheme that has reduced accessibility for people with disabilities and other reduced mobility residents? Will you now review the works?


Answer for Whitton High Street (2)

Answer for Whitton High Street (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As with the previous question (no.2014/1337), this scheme was delivered by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as it is the highway authority for this road. However, I was concerned at your comments regarding the possible impacts of the scheme on access and mobility. Transport for London has therefore sought clarity on this from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

The Borough advises that the new kerbs have been designed and installed in accordance with current design standards, including accessible bus stop design guidance. A clear distinction between footway and carriageway has been maintained to discourage vehicles overrunning the footway. To improve accessibility, all dropped kerbs have been provided with tactile paving and the two main crossings in the High Street now benefit from raised tables to make crossing the road easier for disabled people and others with mobility difficulties. In addition, the provision of street furniture has been rationalised to ensure clear and unobstructed walking areas and the surfacing is now clear of dips and uneven areas. 

I understand this offers a considerable improvement on the previous situation.