New rule bans lorries making daytime deliveries in Putney High Street
Published: 8 January 2016
From Monday vans, lorries and HGVs will be banned from making daytime deliveries to shops and businesses in Putney High Street as part of an initiative to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
The restriction on deliveries comes into force on January 11. All vehicles will be prohibited from parking and/or loading and unloading in the high street between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.
Any vehicle that flouts the ban runs the risk of being given a penalty charge notice (PCN).
The change is being introduced as part of the ongoing campaign to reduce traffic congestion and raise air quality standards in Putney High Street.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We are working hard to improve air quality in Putney High Street.
“Our campaign has already delivered significant improvements with the introduction of dozens of modern cleaner engine buses serving routes along the high street.
“This new initiative is designed to remove the hold-ups and obstructions caused by delivery trucks and freeing up traffic to flow more easily and efficiently should reduce vehicle emissions and help to further raise local air quality standards.
“As well as reducing vehicle emissions this measure will have the added benefit of improving journey times for other road users, particularly the local buses that often get delayed because of parked vans and lorries in the high street.”
This latest initiative is being launched just weeks after Wandsworth was named runner-up in the 2015 National Air Quality Awards for the work it has already done to curb pollution in Putney High Street. Wandsworth achieved second place in the Local Air Quality Initiative of the Year.
The awards recognised the council’s successful campaign to introduce cleaner and greener buses to Putney High Street.
Armed with research commissioned by the town hall that showed buses were contributing more than two thirds of harmful NOx emissions in the high street, councillors and town hall officials were able to successfully lobby the Mayor and Transport for London to introduce a fleet of cleaner and less polluting buses on routes serving the high street.
Eighty nine buses on routes that include Putney High Street had technology fitted to their exhaust systems to reduce emissions.
Subsequent research showed a dramatic fall in pollutants at street level with a 72 per cent reduction in pollution levels after these cleaner and greener buses began operating.
From Monday vans and good vehicles can make deliveries by using any of the privately-owned access roads that run behind many of the high street’s shops, plus the loading and unloading spaces in Norroy Road and Lacy Road.
Goods vehicles will be permitted to park within marked parking bays in side roads off the high street to deliver or collect bulky or heavy goods, but these vehicles will need to be moved as soon as the delivery is complete.
Parking wardens will be under instructions to observe delivery vehicles using parking bays to make sure they are actually being loaded or unloaded. If they are not, then a PCN is likely to be issued.
For more information about the work being carried out locally to improve air quality across the borough visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/airquality.