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Metro Tunnel

Traffic and transport changes

With works picking up in the Kensington area to complete the Metro Tunnel, a number of traffic changes have been implemented to ensure that residents and workers are safe at all times.

Lloyd Street Business Estate over-height vehicle detour

Following rigorous consultation with the community, Childers Street will be closed to all non-construction vehicles for 12 months.

Childers Street has been closed to public traffic for the majority of 2019, however this full closure will now see over height vehicles (3.4 meters or higher) use the Derby and Tennyson Street detour route from Monday, 9 September 2019.

This detour route will be actively managed by traffic controllers during the implementation of the closure, to monitor these movements and ensure the safety of all road users and local residents.

An over-height detection sensor will be installed on Tennyson Street (where Childers Street connects) to operate a boom gate which will only provide access to vehicles 3.4 metres and higher travelling to and from the LSBE.

The detection device will be monitored 24/7 with any faults to be attended to immediately by a traffic controller.

Getting around the area during construction

Pedestrians

While Childers Street is closed to traffic, the shared use path on the southern side of Childers Street will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians will need to use the pathway that runs along JJ Holland Park on the northern side of Childers Street.

Cyclists

Cyclists will be detoured via Kensington Road and Altona Street. Wayfinding signage will be in place to direct cyclists.

Parking

Unrestricted all-day parking is available at the corner of Hobsons and Kensington roads. This parking will remain available while works take place in Kensington.

This car park provides 125 spaces including accessibility parking. There will be times where the car park requires closing to allow works to take place safely, however, these will only be for short durations.

Signage will be displayed at the entrance of the car park prior to and during any closures.

South Kensington station

South Kensington station will remain open and operational throughout construction.

Access to South Kensington station will generally be maintained, however there may be times when the station is closed to facilitate major construction activities. We will provide advanced notification of any closures or train-replacement bus services.

Access for residents

Childers Street will be closed from September 2019 for 12 months to all public traffic. Residents seeking access to Childers Street and Tennyson Street (south of the truncation) will need to follow the outline detour route along Kensington Road, Derby and Tennyson Streets.

A boom gate will be installed on Tennyson Street to provide access to local residents. Residents requiring access through the boom gate will receive additional information on access through the boom gate.

Temporary roundabout

A temporary vehicle turnaround area has been constructed at the corner of Childers and Ormond streets. This allows construction vehicles to enter and exit the work site from Kensington Road, travel along Childers Street and turn around within the construction site.

The turnaround area is an important component of the traffic management strategy which will enable the project to uphold its commitment to keep construction trucks and vehicles off residential streets at all times.

This work involved some minor modifications to the southern end of the Ormond Street truncation; however, Ormond Street will remain closed to through traffic during construction.

Keeping the community safe

The safety of the local community and our workers is our number one priority, both within our work sites and the wider Kensington area.

Entrances to the Childers Street worksite will be managed by gatekeepers, who will ensure construction traffic and pedestrians are kept safe when moving through the area.

When the over-height vehicle detour route is in place to maintain access for over-height vehicles, additional safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. School crossing will be supervised.

With the over-height vehicle detour to be used for 12 months, The project has committed to gathering feedback from the community and introduce additional traffic management measures including speed cushions, vehicle height detection sensors, and introducing parking changes along the detour.

Getting ready

Some modifications to the road network are required to prepare both the over-height vehicle and bicycle detour routes. These changes have been designed to safely move people around Kensington while construction takes place.

These include:

  • Modifying the truncation at the southern end of Tennyson Street to level the road and allow vehicles to access Childers Street and the Business Estate during times when the detour route is activated.
  • Installing removable barriers at the southern end of Tennyson Street to ensure it remains closed when the detour route is not in use.
  • Removing the traffic island on Kensington Road, just south of the Derby Street intersection.
  • Modifying the truncation at Altona Street to enable access for cyclists.
  • Some tree trimming on Derby and Tennyson streets.