Hood Gate to stay open while parks bosses agree to reconsider
Richmond Park's Robin Hood Gate will stay open while the Royal
Parks Agency (RPA) reconsiders its closure plans. The
RPA was forced to act after the council issued judicial review
proceedings in the High Court.
council argued successfully that parks officials had not consulted
lawfully on the proposal to close the gate to traffic and that
the effects of added congestion in Roehampton had not been considered.
RPA must now re-examine all the options and consult on these with
an open mind - taking into account all relevant material before
reaching a new decision.
RPA has said it will consult with the three boroughs affected
(Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond) and Transport for London which
is responsible for the A3 (Roehampton Vale).
people fear that shutting off access to the gate will force town-bound
commuters to rat-run through Alton Road as a means of avoiding
the queues at the junction of Roehampton Lane with Roehampton
Vale. This could lead to an extra 700 vehicles an hour at peak
Park Traffic Management Report
launches judicial review of
Richmond Park gate closure
RPA puts gate closure on hold until
meeting with Council.
concerns for residents should Robin Hood Gate be closed.
to RPA status fuels concerns over future
access to Richmond Park.
of the Proposals made by the Friends of
arguements against closure of the gates
RPA response to the issue
Duffy argues against the plans for restricting
traffic in Richmond Park