Consultation on Richmond’s plans for road & traffic changes through Barnes Common

Published: 23 August 2016

Residents living in the west of the borough can take part in a first stage public consultation being carried out by neighbouring Richmond Council on potential junction widening and road closure proposals that would affect traffic flows through Barnes Common. Richmond Council wants to know your views before progressing these proposals.

Richmond is undertaking a first stage public engagement on proposed changes to improve the busy but narrow and often heavily congested junction where Mill Hill Road meets Rocks Lane.

This junction lies just beyond the borough boundary but is the scene of regular hold ups to traffic heading westbound from the Lower Richmond Road towards Barnes.

Delays caused by vehicles turning right are a common occurrence on all four arms of this crossroads.

To improve traffic flows Richmond proposes widening the carriageway on all approaches and introducing right turn priority signals on traffic lights.

However in order to do these works it needs to acquire some land which is currently part of Barnes Common. To compensate for the loss of Common Land iRichmond’s  proposal is to close  Common Road at both ends to vehicular traffic. It would remain open only to pedestrians and cyclists.

Common Road is a cut-through linking the junction with Queens Ride – meeting it a short distance from the well-known shrine to pop singer Marc Bolan who was involved in a fatal accident here in 1977.

To find out more about what is being proposed and to take part in the consultation people should visit