We are calling on Merton Council, local councillors and Transport for London to urgently tackle the daily traffic congestion and resulting air pollution along Kingston Road west of the Tramlink level crossing, by improving the junction of Hartfield and Kingston Roads.
On 18th August 2015, local campaigners Anthony Fairclough and Giles Bailey met with Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon and three managers from Transport for London (TfL) at City Hall to talk about the heavy traffic on Kingston Road and the potential impact that the extra tram services will have on this.
As Tramlink will increasing its service from 8 to 12 trams per hour in peak times, delays at the Hartfield Road level crossing - and therefore sitting traffic on Kingston Road - will only get worse.
Anthony and Giles stressed that while they support extra Tramlink services, the traffic problems on Kingston Road are already serious, every day of the week. As well as delays, including to the 163, 164 and 152 buses, the congestion is causing severe air pollution along Kingston Road.
Tlf had raised some potential improvements to the junction with Merton Council, and their modelling showed that they would improve traffic flow even with the extra trams. However, because not all of the area's councillors backed these ideas, now nothing will be done at all.
Therefore, Merton Liberal Democrats have started on a petition calling on Merton Council, local councillors and TfL to urgently tackle this problem.