Lambeth Council was the first council in the country to launch an emergency coronavirus transport strategy which set out plans to protect residents from new dangers on the road as a result of changes to the way we move about. Since the start of the lockdown we have been using our streets and public spaces differently whilst we try to stick to the 2m social distancing rule and walk/cycle more so we reduce the strain on the buses and trains used by key workers and those on the front line in the emergency services. This plan was vital to ensure that all residents and workers in Lambeth are safe.
The plans include the widening of pavements at some pinch points – like the changes made along Brixton Water Lane from the junction with Effra Road/Tulse Hill to the entrance to Brockwell Park. If you want to suggest pavements elsewhere for widening as part of this scheme, click here. These initial changes are to be followed by more longer-term work to make safe routes to/from the Borough’s town centres so that people can walk and cycle safely as they begin to return to work and so we can support our local economy and the small businesses in Lambeth who rely on local people as customers.
Lambeth Council has also been working with Transport for London to introduce measures on the roads they control – like the pavement widening along the stretch from Brixton Underground Station to Coldharbour Lane. Whilst this is a positive intervention along that crowded area (we hope it will stay once coronavirus is long-gone!), it unfortunately means that some of the local buses that serve the Tulse Hill side of the park have had to be moved beyond Windrush Square. It is unfortunate that TfL made no attempt to consult local people or the Ward Councillors/MP, though perhaps understandable given the time pressures they are under, and we have asked that they review moving the bus stop and try to ensure future plans are consulted on – especially their plan for “Space for cycling… on the A23 between Oval and Streatham Hill.”
Lambeth Council is moving quickly to adapt to the new challenges it faces in helping keep our roads safe during the coronavirus pandemic – but this is all being done on the back of a decade of Government cuts to the Council’s budget and no extra money to support new schemes. As your local Councillors we have been campaigning locally for a low traffic neighbourhood for our area to take rat-running and speeding traffic off our roads. You can read more about the campaign below and if you want to get involved or help in campaigning in your area get in touch with us to let us know.