Hayes – We need to start somewhere!

Updated: Mar 4

“The last straw for me was seeing a car transporter going down our narrow country lane – no pavements – which has a major school at the end – purely to avoid a set of lights in Hayes.”

We decided that something needed to be done about speeding drivers who are a danger to walkers especially children going to school.

Traffic noise has also affected residents ability to sleep and their health. Some have resorted to moving to their back bedrooms to lessen the noise at night.

We met with our local councillors who were very interested in what we had to say.

We devised a questionnaire and printed a map showing our proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhood. We went door to door and so far we have spoken to 60 residents who completed the questionnaires.

Over 90% want something done about the ‘rat run’.

One resident commented: “my son was knocked off his bike by a speeding van driver who didn’t even stop to see how he was”

Others have said “ drivers use this road like a race track” and “it’s only a matter of time before someone gets killed”

Many drivers ignore speed limits and traffic regulations especially around the school causing congestion and pollution.

The next step is to complete the surveys and meet with our local councillors again to press for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Hayes.

Norman & Carole Wells

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Shortlands – Starting conversations about streets

Updated: Mar 4

Shortlands – Bromley

A few years ago, when my wife and I came to Shortlands for the first time to view the property that is now our home, the very first thing we noticed when we walked out of the train station was that there was no pedestrian crossing at what appeared to be a very busy road junction. I got in touch with Bromley Council and started to learn about the challenges involved in addressing this. This got us thinking more generally about our experience as pedestrians, and encouraged me to seek out other Bromley residents interested in finding ways to make our streets better for walking.

What I didn’t know when we moved here is that our councillors, the councillors for Bromley Town ward, were already thinking about these issues and figuring out what they could do. Last autumn I started talking to them about how Bromley Living Streets could work with them, and this led us to develop an initiative called Bromley Community Streets. This initiative aims to help residents bring fun and community spirit to their neighbourhood by organising street parties or similar events for themselves and their neighbours.

The Bromley Community Streets initiative supports residents to close their road temporarily for a few hours so that children can play in the road, parents can socialise and neighbours can get to know each other. This is very similar to the street parties some residents have organised in the past to celebrate events such as royal weddings. We are starting this initiative on roads close to Shortlands village and Shortlands railway station, which have been an important focus area in Bromley Town Councillors’ ongoing work with Sustrans (, which aims to improve Shortlands, Ravensbourne and Bromley Town wards. We would like Bromley Community Streets to support this work by helping build a clearer picture of what local residents want and what their priorities are.

If you are interested in working with us, please write to us at We look forward to hearing from you but in the meantime you can find out more information on our Facebook page –

Downe Village – Road safety plan

Updated: Mar 4

This plan represents the wishes of Downe village (via the Residents’ Association) in relation to proposed improvements in road safety. It has been drawn up in response to issues raised at the Downe Residents’ Association AGM in March 2017. Road safety is a big subject, and could include – traffic speeds, unsuitable vehicles, gridlock and passing difficulties, road signs, effects of Shire Lane closures, fly tipping, parking ( lack of, or inappropriate), footways and footpaths, street lighting, danger to pedestrians, danger to or from cyclists, danger to horses etc

Given the wide ranging nature of the subject in Downe, this proposal focusses on two priorities:

Traffic speeds – reduce to 20mph limit (from 30mph) in the central areas and 30mph limit (from 40mph) elsewhere.

Note speed limits (as opposed to zones are areas where the speed limit has been reduced to 20/30mph but there are no physical measures to reduce vehicle speeds within the area. Drivers are alerted to the speed limit with speed limit repeater signs.

It is felt the additional features of humps, chicanes etc are probably unachievable and would not suit the village environment of Downe.

The country lanes are dangerous for walkers, horses and cyclists, with frequent near-misses, and there are no pavements apart from the High Street.

Residents often observe that even 25mph in the 40mph sections can be too fast. It is fully recognised that road signs do not alone reduce all traffic speed.

Reducing the number of HGVs with no legitimate business in the village.

Each approach road has been considered – along with existing signage – and five extra “unsuitable for HGVs” signs are suggested. Bromley Council Traffic Department have been approached and agreed to two of the five signs requested (entrance to North End Lane from Shire Lane and entrance to High Elms Road from Shire Lane). An enquiry to install the other requested signs has been fed back to the Council via our councillor.

It is proposed (following village consultation) to approach Bromley Council with a view to putting in place the necessary signage.

Steve Barnes