A dangerous rat run, which has plagued residents in West Kensington for 30 years, has been fixed.
Motorists have been using Bishop King's Road and Earsby Street to avoid queues at the North End Road junction with Hammersmith Road for decades, leading to collisions, confrontation and serious accidents.
But changes have been made to the roads this month following work between Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Avonmore Resident’s Association, meaning the issue is now a thing of the past.
The rat run problem has been caused by the traffic lights at the junction with North End Road and Hammersmith Road, leading to drivers using to Bishop King's Road and Earsby Street to avoid queues at the junction.
According to Avonmore RA, this has resulted in verbal abuse and physical confrontation, damage to parked cars caused by drivers attempting to squeeze past each other in the narrow street, and motorists cutting the corner into Bishop Kings Road, causing a number of injuries to pedestrians.
Following pressure from the RA and ward councillors, Hammersmith and Fulham Council commissioned a traffic survey in 2013 which showed more than 1,700 vehicles were using the residential roads on a daily basis, with many exceeding the 20mph speed limit.
After a lengthy design and consultation process by the council’s highway team, residents were presented with traffic control offers.
More than 60% chose to have Bishop King's Road closed with an "Emergency Vehicles Only" gate at the junction with North End Road, and to make Earsby Street one way.
The work was completed in early November and local residents are now enjoying some peace and quiet.
'Peace, quiet, freedom'
David Morton, from Avonmore RA, said: “There’s been a campaign to get this changed for 30 years. The road would get completely blocked on some occasions, and it would get very noisy with people blowing their horns.
“There was a lot of damage to cars as well while people tried to squeeze past. This [the changes to the road] means peace and quiet and freedom from getting your car knocked as well.
Councillor David Morton says “Residents have campaigned for this for over 30 years, we are grateful that the council has listened to us and taken positive action to fix the problem.”
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, head of environment, transport and residents services at the Hammersmith and Fulham, said: “The council’s policy is to work with residents and to do things for them.
“I am pleased that we have been able to solve the problem and make the streets a quieter and more peaceful place to live.”
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