A group of activists outraged at Kingston Council’s much-maligned Surbiton Crescent traffic scheme has taken to the street wearing novel t-shirts in a bid to stop oblivious drivers.
Residents Philip Morgan, Roger Marlow, and Bob Tyler have spent days protesting near the controversial traffic calming measure, which has raked in more than £2m in fines since it was introduced in November.
The protesters have been standing in front of the junction wearing yellow t-shirts decorated with stop signs and furiously waving at passing motorists to stop. They say they stopped about 40 drivers from using the “plain stupidly-signed” cut through in just one day.
The protesters are not the first to rally against the scheme, with one motorist looking to launch a class action lawsuit against the council. More than 28,000 fines - totalling £1,853,800 - were issued to drivers passing through Surbiton Crescent as of mid-January, with the figure likely to have risen.
The road was closed to passing motorists as part of Kingston Council’s £33m mini-Holland cycling scheme. It made more than £500,000 in its first week. The influx of fines led some residents to brand the scheme “diabolical”, with many criticising the signage for being “completely inadequate”.
Kingston Council will consult with Transport for London on whether to make the trial scheme permanent after assessing the results of the trial.