Traffic in Tulse Hill
Lambeth Council is introducing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (sometimes called ‘Family Friendly Streets’ or ‘mini-Hollands’) across the Borough as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A trial low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) will be coming to the Tulse Hill Ward area (see area ‘QW’ in the below map). Traffic engineers are currently designing the scheme and will soon publish details of where changes to local roads will be made. Work on putting the scheme in place will begin by the start of October 2020.
We want to hear what residents/businesses think about traffic in our area.
Click here to go to the survey directly or read more below.
Lambeth’s LTNs use signs, planters and cameras to limit vehicles from passing through a point in the road. This only has to happen in a small number of places and the areas on both sides remain fully accessible. Local residents, businesses, visitors, deliveries and the emergency services will still be able to get to every property – but some journeys may take a little longer. Our neighbourhood already has some streets that operate similarly to the ideas behind low traffic neighbourhoods (sometimes called closed loops):
- Abbots Park/High Trees/Gaywood Close and a large part of the St Martin’s Estate which you can only access from Tulse Hill
- Greenleaf Close/Cherry Close and part of the Tulse Hill Estate witch you can only access from Tulse Hill
- Somers Road/Merredene Street/Archbishop’s Place/Somers Place which you can only access from Brixton Hill/Upper Tulse Hill and leave via Upper Tulse Hill
- Beechdale and Fairmount Road which you can only access from Brixton Hill
- Saint Matthew’s Road/Hicken Road/Kett Gardens/Dray Gardens and a large part of the St Matthew’s Estate where a filter on Saint Matthew’s Road makes the area for local traffic only
Other similar interventions in the area include the closure of Josephine Avenue at the junction with Brixton Hill; the traffic filter at the junction of Trinity Rise and Tulse Hill that stops vehicles turning from Tulse Hill/Upper Tulse Hill into Trinity Rise; and the changes to Holmewood Gardens/Holmewood Road which include a physical closure and exit only from Holmewood Road on to Brixton Hill.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are part of a range of measures being introduced across the city to reduce road danger whilst also helping to ease demand for public transport allowing people to socially distance safely. LTNs can also increase pedestrian and cycling safety, reduce pollution and cut down on ‘rat running’. Other measures include pavement widening, like in Brixton town centre, and segregated cycle lanes, like on Park Lane. The Mayor of London has said he would like to install “space for cycling” on the A23/Brixton Hill and this could have a direct impact on the level of traffic in our area.
Because any changes will be temporary – there will not be a public consultation. However, any permanent change would require a full consultation with the local community by Lambeth Council. We want to hear from residents, businesses and workers in Tulse Hill about their views on local traffic issues and a possible Low Traffic Neighbourhood.