Residents Asked To Take Part In Speed Camera Initiative

Concern about residential roads being used as rat runs

Residents concerned about speeding traffic around Colliers Wood are being invited to help police with a speed camera initiative.

Police say that since the new junctions have been introduced in and around the tower and the Priory Centre, congestion on Colliers Wood High Street has increased - especially in the direction of South Wimbledon.

Residents have complained this has resulted in Park Road being used as a rat run.

Colliers Wood’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have recently asked their colleagues from Safer Transport Command to run speed gun operations at random dates, during morning and evening rush hour.

Police say these operations are hi-visibility and not intended to issue lots of tickets. The purpose is to make drivers aware that police are aware of the problem and give them the opportunity to reflect on their driving.

Now they are inviting members of the public to join them and use the speed camera. If you would like to take part, call Dave Russell at Colliers Wood SNT on 0208 721 2743.

He said: “These operations are in no way intended to cut across any permanent solution that is planned, or to compile any negative data regarding the problem.

“Obviously, due to the hi-visibility nature of the operation people adjust their driving. This is entirely a police initiative with the intention of making drivers consider their driving in a residential side road. It is a bit a fun while sending out a serious message.”

July 28, 2016