Bushy Park Road Restrictions – Update
The Royal Parks have been trialling changes to the road access to Bushy Park which involved closing the through route from Hampton Court to Teddington. The Royal Parks ran a consultation on the proposals during November and December and will be considering the responses with a view to publishing their conclusions in February.
The closure of the road through the Park has had a considerable impact on residents of Molesey who regularly travel to Teddington, and it has led to an increase in the volume of traffic going up to Kingston Bridge and round the Park, a route which is often logjammed at busy periods. We have established that, surprisingly, neither Elmbridge Borough Council nor Surrey County Council were formally consulted by the Royal Parks on these proposals.
MRA Councillor Stuart Selleck has contacted the Royal Parks in his capacity as Leader of Elmbridge Council about the impact of the proposed changes on residents living in the surrounding area, and the lack of any consultation with the local Councils who represent them. He has called for them to defer any decision on any permanent changes, or the possible extension of the trial, to allow both Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey County Council an opportunity to assess the proposals and their implications in detail.