New End School is situated in Hampstead village to the north east of Hampstead tube station. It’s address is Streatley Place – a narrow pedestrian alleyway accessible by all vehicles from Heath Street via New End (Road) or from Back Lane on foot.
Camden’s consultation notes that the School and local residents are concerned about the safety of students due to
– the congested road network in the area,
– insufficient pedestrian infrastructure (in some locations),
– heavy parking activity
– ‘rat-running’ traffic on New End and other nearby streets
Camden has recorded very high levels of traffic on New End coming from Heath Street. This was particularly pronounced between 7.30am and 9.30am, with around 300 motor vehicles on a typical school day – very high for a narrow residential street.
- about 75% of this eastbound traffic is through traffic mainly into Gayton Road and Well Walk.
- 22% of children at New End School are currently driven to the school, and many of these trips are being made for distances that could be walked or cycled.
Camden would implement A or B or both
Proposal A – Restricting access to the part of New End closest to New End School at School opening/closing times. either by collapsible bollards or by ANPR (in the latter case allowing residents in the southernmost part of New End to be fully exempt from the restriction
Proposal B – Create a timed road closure at the junction of New End and Heath Street during the morning peak times of 7.30am-9.30am only
Enforced by using an ANPR camera at the Heath Street junction with New End. Exemption for local permit holders.
This will prevent ‘through-traffic’ in the morning peak.
And deter parents of both New End School and Heathside Preparatory school (on New End) from dropping off children in the morning.
See Camden’s website