Richmond Council will install a series of rapid temporary measures aimed at making it easier for pedestrians to observe social distancing at critical pinch-points on busy Richmond town centre streets. Richmond Bridge and East Twickenham are included in the first of a series of changes in the coming weeks and months.

Work begins on Sunday 17 May. Changes will also be carried out on towpaths, including additional signage and trimming back vegetation. Further long-term measures for towpaths are being considered.

Proposals for other priority town centres in the Borough, improvements to commuter cycling facilities and actions to support schools when they return will be announced shortly.

The Council says its new Rapid Response Team will visit areas highlighted as having problems supporting social distancing - with urgent action taken if required.

Further details are on the Council’s website here.


Richmond Council’s fortnightly garden waste recycling service, suspended during the lockdown, is to be reinstated. It will resume on Monday 18 May. On the same date, the Townmead Road Waste and Recycling Centre will reopen, and the online booking system for bulky waste collections will re-start. That service will resume on Tuesday 26 May.

There are different opening times at Townmead Road and strict rules about when you can use it depending on the second digit of your car’s registration number - even on even dates, odd on odd dates.

Lengthy queues are expected and stewards will give priority to traffic going to Mortlake Crematorium, where there are currently 20 funerals a day at 20-minute intervals.

Details of the Waste and Recycling Centre’s operations are on the Council’s website here.


Enforcement of on-street parking regulations in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which were relaxed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, will resume on Monday 25 May. All on-street charges such as parking meters and pay and display machines will be enforced. The grace period, eased to 20 minutes, will revert to the usual 5 minutes.

Free parking for NHS staff, social care staff and volunteers will continue.

Residents and businesses with permits in Controlled Parking Zones are still permitted to park on single yellow lines without penalty, except where there are safety risks - for example at corners of junctions, across dropped kerbs and on double yellow lines.

Details are on the Council’s website here.


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Links to help you get through Lockdown

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames coronavirus information

Metropolitan Police South Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

Be Richmond (The Richmond Business Improvement District)


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