'No left turn' rule causes chaos in Kimber Road, Earlsfield

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'No left turn' rule causes chaos in Kimber Road, Earlsfield

Postby Community Editor » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:20 am

There has been backlash from drivers about the new road layout in Kimber Road, SW18, due to complaints about improper planning.

The layout is part of Earlsfield’s new Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, restricting left turns from Kimber Road onto Twilley Street.

The Council has said it will significantly decrease traffic and enhance safety for those on bikes.

A new camera ensures that motorists who disobey the rules will face a penalty charge.

However, some drivers are complaining that signs give little warning, and have resulted in unfair fines.

One objector, Julian Senior, outlined the challenges:

“The first “New Road Layout Ahead” sign on Kimber Road is obscured, and the second one offers no information as to what the new traffic system is. The final sign is very small, and way off to the left - by this time, the traffic is in the middle of the road, due to parked cars on the left.

“The sign is also very last minute and is then negated by a give way sign and a roundabout sign which shows no road closure information.”

A spokesperson from the Council has commented:

“These are standard road signs, the same as everywhere up and down the country, published in the Highway Code and approved by the Department of Transport.

"The signs are placed prominently on the approach to this junction to alert drivers to the fact they cannot turn left. It is of course hugely important for safety reasons that motorists pay proper attention to all road signs and signals and observe the rules of the road.”

But some people have taken matters into their own hands.

On August 11, tensions spilled over when a vandalist – nicknamed “Wandsworth’s own Banksy” on neighbourhood group Nextdoor – defaced the sign.

Earlsfield Councillor, Jo Rigby, has expressed her disapproval on Twitter.

Jo Rigby
Our first Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Earlsfield. Residents campaigned for this for a long time to keep kids safe. Standing on a car to spray paint? We’ll replace signage. If anyone has any information on this then please DM. @wandbc will ask police to prosecute.
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Re: 'No left turn' rule causes chaos in Kimber Road, Earlsfield

Postby Denwand » Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:58 am

It's a complete hamfisted nightmare of an installation that is badly and confusingly signed and catches out scores of innocent motorists daily .... Even the Police!!!

See below as a Police van does an illegal left hand turn - Come on Wandsworth - plan and design these things properly and professionally and we will all be happy 

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Re: 'No left turn' rule causes chaos in Kimber Road, Earlsfield

Postby daddydaycarerocks » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:45 pm

Well done to the spray painters - If the police in the picture above think its ridiculous, please continue spraying all the new silly LTN and TFL schemes that are only wanted by the NIMBY few.
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