Progress & Updates

Number of Signatures
257 out of 200 100%

Successful Petition Presentation - 14th November 🚀

I am excited to inform you that our petition, showing overwhelming support from over 50% of households in each road of our neighbourhood, was presented at the Council meeting on 13th September. This impressive level of support indicates the universal desire for change in our community. The petition was endorsed by all three local councillors and is now under review.
Awaiting Council’s Response 📜

We expect the Council’s response in the Council meeting scheduled for 15th November. The Council has acknowledged our concerns about rat running in Abbey Road and mentioned that our area is already on their list for consideration. However, due to competing priorities and limited resources in this financial year, they cannot provide a definite timetable for our project. Our focus now shifts to securing a spot in the next financial year’s programme.

Ongoing Efforts & Air Quality Monitoring 📊

We continue to strengthen our evidence base. We’re also excited to share that we’ve been successful in our bid to install a high-end air quality monitor from Breathe London on Abbey Road. This monitor, operational since 24th October, is tracking Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particle Pollution (PM2.5) levels, providing us with valuable data. These are linked to lung damage and increased risk of health problems including asthma, heart disease and lung cancer. Interestingly, we’ve already observed:

  • NO2 levels appear to exceed the World Health Organisation’s NO2 daily mean guidelines;
  • NO2 levels peak at morning and evening commuting times and are 2.5x higher than the WHO NO2 daily mean guidelines;
  • There have been a number of spikes in particle pollution levels, including around the fireworks displays on 4th & 5th as well as 11th & 12th November.

You can view and compare this data on the Breathe London website. A huge thanks to our volunteers and the Merton Team for making this possible! 

Your Continued Support is Vital 

As we navigate these next steps, your continued support remains crucial. Let’s keep this momentum alive and ensure that our voices are heard and acted upon. Please stay engaged and watch for updates next year as we continue to work towards making our neighbourhood a safer and healthier place for us all to live. 

Thank you all for your continued support! If you haven’t already, please sign up for our updates – SW19 Rat Running Newsletter

Warm regards

Your Abbey Road Neighbourhood campaign team 

Next stop council consideration - 7th September

Updates on our progress for signatures, the upcoming submission to the council, the shocking numbers from our AI traffic sensor and changes in the plans for the High Path redevelopment. 
 

Signature Milestone 🚀

Your support has propelled our Stop Rat Running through Abbey Road Neighbourhood campaign forward. We’ve achieved our signature goal! It’s not just about numbers, though. The positivity and endorsement we’ve received during doorstep conversations are truly heartening. There is a clear appetite for change. 
 

Big Moves Ahead! 📜

Come next week, we’re bringing our petition to the council. This is a big step in our journey. With the support of all local councillors, Stephen Hammond MP and many others within the council who have identified and understood our problem, we’re optimistic about the council’s consideration.
 

Traffic Sensor Insights 📊

Our AI traffic sensor has been diligently gathering data for the past 6 weeks. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve learned:
 
General Overview:
  • Daily weekday average of 4,150 vehicles; equates to one vehicle every 20 seconds on a residential street with around 225 homes. Disturbing, isn’t it?
  • Morning sees the majority of vehicles heading Northbound, evening balances out in both directions. 
     
  • The issue is not exclusively due to commuter traffic, with midday at the weekends exceeding weekday counts. 
Type of Travel:
  • Pedestrians account for less than 5%. A whopping 80% is a mix of cars and heavy goods vehicles.
  • Comparisons against 35 local roads in SW London indicate our area has HIGH counts for Two Wheelers, Cars, and Heavy Vehicles.
Peak Moments:
  • A notable spike was on 25th August at 5 pm with 523 vehicles, a staggering vehicle every 7 seconds.
🔍 Dive deep into the data: Telraam | Abbey Road 
 
 
Weekly Breakdown (29th August – 5th September):
  • Pedestrians: 1,268 (3.46%)
  • Two-wheelers: 5,469 (14.93%)
  • Cars: 24,901 (67.96%)
  • Heavy vehicles: 5,000 (13.65%)

High Path Development Update 🏗

We’ve learnt that the Clarion group has got the nod for an additional 600 homes in the High Path regeneration. While we advocate for responsible development, understanding traffic impacts is crucial. We’ve reached out for traffic assessments and proposed solutions but, so far, the response has been elusive.
 
Thank you for standing with us and providing your support. We shall keep you updated in the weeks to come with the result of the council meeting.
 
Warm regards,
 

Your Abbey Road Neighbourhood campaign team  

Share the website – Stop Rat Running through Abbey Road – SW19 Abbey Road Neighbourhood (stopratrunningsw19.com) 

Sign the petition – https://forms.office.com/r/td3iE9vVN8 

AI Traffic Sensor deployment and historical campaigns

Update on our Stop Rat Running in Abbey Neighbourhood campaign: We’ve successfully deployed an AI traffic sensor, our petition’s momentum is building up for an autumn submission, and we’ve queried the council on Abbey Road’s status and past consultations.
 
Thanks to the communities continued support, our campaign has maintained momentum! We are strategically planning to submit it in the autumn – a decision taken after consulting local councillors. This allows the council to address our concerns regarding traffic and air quality monitoring during school term time and not the summer holidays.
 
Excitingly, we have deployed an AI-enabled multi-modal traffic sensor which collects data regarding vehicle types, travel direction, and speed in our neighbourhood! It had its first full day of data collection on Friday recording 4396 vehicles and 645 two wheelers (bikes, mopeds & motorbikes) during daylight hours. So far we are thrilled that it promises to provide solid, quantitative evidence validating the perceptions that the road is in fact being misused. 
 
In parallel, we are also awaiting data from NO2 air quality monitoring tubes, thanks to Sustainable Merton.
 
We hope to present a holistic picture of the issues in our neighbourhood using this data, and can’t wait to share these insights with you soon.
 
However, our journey is far from over. We’re in need of more signatures. So, please continue to share our petition and get more people onboard!
 
We’ve reached out to another key traffic campaign running which aims to tackle the rat running issues faced by residents in East Hillside, Wimbledon. We hope to learn from and support each other and create a focused discourse on the traffic issues across Wimbledon.
 
We also submitted questions at the July council meeting, one to clarify Abbey Road’s status as a public highway maintained by the council, which was confirmed, and the other seeking further information on consultations on Abbey Road neighbourhood over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any information related to the previous consultations.
 
As you can see, we’ve made considerable progress, but there’s still more to be done. Let’s keep this momentum going, spreading the word and gathering more signatures for our petition. Together, we’re making a difference and creating a safer, healthier, and more sustainable neighbourhood.
 
Thank you for your continued support.

Clean Air Day: Taking a Stand for Clean Air in Our Community - 15th June 2023

Today marks another Clean Air Day, a day when we reiterate our commitment to advocating for healthier, safer streets in our community. 

We’ve made great strides in our efforts. Our petition has gained impressive traction with signatures pouring in from locals who believe in the cause. We’ve been engaging in conversations with local councillors, from all political factions, to drive this change. The passionate support from our community and key stakeholders validates our mission. 

Thanks to Sustainable Merton, we now have a nitrogen dioxide monitor installed, actively collecting data relating to pollution levels in our area. The data it gathers will significantly bolster our case by demonstrating the tangible impact of traffic-related pollution will have. 

On another note, we observed a dramatic drop in traffic during the recent half-term school holidays. The morning quietude was a refreshing change, hinting at the possibility of what could be a norm in our Liveable, Breathable Community. Regrettably, morning traffic levels have since returned to their usual highs and this morning in particular the road was backlogged end to end (see the video below)

This Clean Air Day, we want to highlight how our campaign addresses a pressing issue right in our backyard. Merton Abbey Primary School and The Harris Academy, both located on High Path, witnesses approximately 11,200 vehicles per day traveling on the core roads within a 200m radius of the school (Mayor of Londons 2018 Air Quality Audit). Our children, the majority of whom walk, cycle, or scoot to school, are exposed to the pollution these vehicles emit.

We cannot overlook the health impacts associated with air pollution. A study by King’s College London suggests that in 2010, up to 5,900 premature deaths in London were associated with long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a major air pollutant. In the same year, the combined health effects of exposure to NO2 and PM2.5 led to an equivalent of up to 9,400 premature deaths. This alarming data underscores the importance of our mission.

Our campaign is not just about creating a comfortable environment for residents or ensuring safe routes to school for children; it’s about the health of our community, the quality of the air we breathe. Our approach is holistic, balancing the needs of all members of our community, regardless of age or purpose of travel.

We understand that whatever the chosen solution to reduce rat running they must be balanced with those residents who depend on their vehicles. Rest assured, we will be asking the council to explore all options that encouraging responsible travel habits and retain full local access. 

We are determined to reduce carbon emissions from transport in our locality, which account for 22% of Merton’s carbon footprint, and work towards Merton Council’s ambitious target of becoming net-zero by 2050.

This Clean Air Day, let’s renew our commitment to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment for ourselves, our children, and future generations. We urge you to join us in our commitment to cleaner air and to share our website and petition with anyone in the Merton area. 

One Month Countdown: Lets push for signatures - 12th June 2023

Good evening, everyone. Apologies for the radio silence on the website over the past month. However, please rest assured that progress hasn’t halted in the background.

We’re thrilled to share that our petition has now reached 211 signatures! We’re truly grateful for your support, which continues to make a difference in our community. Yet, there’s still room to grow – particularly on Dane Road. If you live there or know someone who does, please do get involved and lend your voice to our cause.

In other good news, we’ve garnered the backing of all our local councillors! We’ve had productive discussions with each of them about making our vision a reality, ensuring the minimum possible impact on local residents.

We’ve also taken part in the Merton Climate Action group panels, gaining valuable insights from other projects both locally and further afield. These experiences are helping us sharpen our strategy and approach, all with the aim to secure the best outcome for our roads.

We have also been collecting data on nitrogen dioxide levels, thanks to a monitoring device kindly provided by Sustainable Merton. This will help us understand the pollution situation better.

On a separate note, we noticed during the recent half-term break a significant drop in traffic. However, with schools back in session, the morning rush is back to its usual levels.

As we near the petition submission deadline in a month’s time, we need one big, final push to achieve our goal. There are several ways you can help:

  1. Can you display a poster in your window?
  2. Do you have time to join us in door knocking?
  3. Can you help us spread the message on local Facebook groups or the Nextdoor social media site?

If you’re able to contribute in any of these ways, please get in touch at abbeyrdtrafficpetition@outlook.com. Every bit of support counts.

As we approach our deadline, there’s just one month left to collect signatures. It’s time for a final big push! Please share the petition widely with your friends, family, and neighbours. Remember, every signature brings us one step closer to achieving safer and quieter roads for our community.

Every little bit helps, and we’re grateful for all efforts. Thank you for your continued support and commitment. Together, we can make a difference!

The video below was taken at 09:00 on 12th June with traffic backlogged up to Dane Road, plenty of people thinking they can be clever and race down Dane and Mill to get a jump on the queue, instead clogging up Croft Road, with residents stuck in their cars unable to move themselves due to the traffic. It can be so much better than this. 

Exciting Milestone: 168 Signatures and Support from Our Local MP! - 5th May 2023

We are delighted to announce that our petition has now gathered 168 signatures, with over 40% of all houses in the Abbey Road neighbourhood accounted for, and support from numerous nearby residents as well. This progress is a testament to the collective efforts of our community in addressing the traffic issues affecting our area.

In addition to this fantastic milestone, we were honoured to have Stephen Hammond, the local MP for Wimbledon, visit us this morning. Although the roads were relatively quiet compared to their usual rush hour crush due to the roadworks and closure, Mr. Hammond is well aware of the chaos that ensues on a regular basis. We engaged in productive discussions, and he contributed valuable ideas to help tackle the ongoing traffic problems.

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has supported our campaign thus far. Your involvement is vital to the success of this initiative. Let’s continue spreading the word and encouraging our neighbours to join us in making our streets safer and more pleasant for everyone.

Please share our petition and keep the momentum going. Together, we can make a difference!

Campaign Update: Flyering, door knocking and Growing Support! - 2nd May 2023

One week in and we’re thrilled to share that our campaign is gaining significant momentum. Thanks to your efforts, we’ve now gathered an impressive 135 signatures, a clear indication of the widespread community support for our cause.

As a team, we have been out knocking on doors and distributing flyers, spreading the word about our mission to make our neighbourhood safer and more liveable. We’re incredibly grateful for the warm responses and the constructive conversations we’ve had with many of you.

We’re also delighted to announce that some of our local Abbey Ward Councillors as well as our Wimbledon MP, Stephen Hammond, have lent their support to our cause. It’s truly heartening to see our elected representatives standing with us.

However, we also note that Abbey Road is currently blocked due to roadworks, causing an uptick in traffic and congestion on Mill, Dane, Croft, and Meadow Roads. This unfortunate situation further underscores the urgency of our campaign.

Therefore, while we’ve achieved much, we need to keep the momentum going. We urge you to continue to share the petition with your friends, family, and neighbours. Let’s get as many signatures as we can to demonstrate the strength of our community’s commitment to this cause.

Remember, every conversation about this issue helps to raise awareness and garner more support. Together, we can make a significant difference to the quality of life in our community.

Keep sharing, keep talking, and most importantly, keep believing in our cause. We’re making progress, one signature at a time!

Thank you for your continued support.

Continued momentum & website launch - 26th April 2023

We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to your support, our petition to reduce traffic congestion in our neighbourhood has gathered even more momentum. In just two days, we’ve reached 80 signatures! This is a fantastic start, and we couldn’t have done it without your help.

To keep the momentum going and to provide more information about our campaign, we are excited to share that our website is now live! The website offers additional details about our goals, progress, and ways to get involved. It also makes it easier for you to share the petition with friends, family, and neighbours, so we can continue to grow our community of supporters.

Please help us spread the word about our efforts to make our neighbourhood a safer, cleaner, and more enjoyable place to live. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to updating you on our progress as we continue to gather signatures and make a positive impact on our community.

The petition is live – 25th April 2023

We’re thrilled to share that in just under 24 hours, our petition has already gathered 57 signatures! Thank you to everyone who has shown their support so far. Let’s keep the momentum going and spread the word even further. If you haven’t already, please share the petition with your friends, family, and neighbors to help us reach our goal.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to get involved in the campaign, feel free to reach out to us at abbeyrdtrafficpetition@outlook.com

Your voice and support matter in making our community a cleaner, healthier, and safer place for all. Together, we can make a difference!

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