An Innovative Access Control System for Peckham Town Centre



An Innovative Access Control System for Peckham Town Centre

Authors

CUTHBERT T and SLINN M, MVA, and DEARING J, London Borough of Southwark, UK

Description

Southwark Council is at the forefront of steering new initiatives in transport. An innovative access control system is currently being installed on the main access routes into the core shopping area of Peckham town centre. The scheme forms part of a packa

Abstract

Southwark Council is at the forefront of steering new initiatives in transport. An innovative access control system is currently being installed on the main access routes into the core shopping area of Peckham town centre. The scheme forms part of a package of measures which will help transform Peckham into a vibrant and viable town centre. As part of the scheme public transport accessibility and reliability will be improved and conditions for pedestrians and cyclists will be enhanced.

Rising bollards will prevent unauthorised vehicles entering the main shopping area between the hours of 11am and 7pm. Drivers will be advised of the restrictions through a series of Variable Message Signs, whilst at the control points video-entryphones will facilitate communication with the system operators. The system will be continually monitored using CCTV cameras linked to a purpose built control centre.

The scheme has evolved over a period of three and a half years from an initial bus/traffic study into an innovative set of proposals supported across political parties and by the local community. During this time strong partnerships have been built between the various interested parties which include Southwark Council, The Peckham Partnership, London Transport Buses and MVA acting as Transport Consultants.

The initial study identified the main transport problems in the area and set out a number of alternative strategies for the area. As part of the assessment a comprehensive survey of the local traders was undertaken to collect views on the relationship between local transport and business prospects in the town centre. Initial consultations were held with London Transport Buses, the Traffic Director for London, the Emergency Services and Trader representatives. A three day exhibition was also held in Peckham's main shopping centre.

After the views of all concerned had been considered and with some compromise all round, a preferred scheme emerged. Committee approval was granted to take this scheme forward to detailed design. During the detailed design process an ongoing dialogue was maintained with the statutory consultees to ensure that there would be no unresolvable objections to the scheme. An assessment of the effects of displaced traffic was also undertaken and appropriate preventative measures designed into the scheme. When the drawings were complete a further public exhibition was held.

Following Committee approval to proceed to implementation of the scheme, a detailed specification for the individual components was drawn up. This was a comprehensive exercise requiring research into the latest developments of the various technologies involved. Liaison with the DETR was required over special authorisation for the proposed signs. Type Approval issues associated with the rising bollards were also discussed with the Highways Agency. Compatibility with existing bus priority technologies also had to be resolved with London Transport Buses and TCSU.

Diversion of Statutory Undertakers plant was undertaken in advance of letting the tenders. After a prequalification process three tenderers submitted bids for the project under the lEE form of contract. A thorough tender evaluation process followed and the contract was ultimately awarded to Electro Automation. Work on site started in early December 1999 and the scheme is scheduled to come into operation during March 2000.

Publisher

Association for European Transport