Restrictions on daily activities introduced as part of the measures to protect people from coronavirus are beginning to be relaxed – with playgrounds reopening, pubs like the Elm Park Tavern being allowed to serve customers again and how council services like libraries are accessed changing. However, our public transport system and how Londoners get around is still under immense pressure – with it continuing to be difficult to ensure safe social distancing at all times.
In May, Lambeth Council announced a six month programme of temporary measures to help people with social distancing whilst they move around and to encourage cycling/walking. This all plays a part in reducing the pressures on the public transport system and those who have no other choice but to use it to get around. Some of these measures involved widening pavements or putting in space for cycling. Others have featured the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, where non-local traffic cutting through areas is returned to main arterial roads.
Tulse Hill is one of the areas where Lambeth Council is looking to introduce a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (see picture above marked QW). As your Councillors we support this as a way to help reduce conflict on the road at a time when people are cycling and walking much more than before. Non-local traffic contributes to most of the speeding and pollution on our streets and often stop families feeling safe walking to school or those who need to get to the Post Office or local shops. Some journeys can be a few minutes longer as the small number of road closures may mean you have to take a different route – but residents, delivery drivers, visitors and emergency services will all be able to access our streets and estates.
Because these emergency measures are being introduced on a temporary basis there will not be a community design and consultation phase. It is likely they will be announced and put in place at short notice, so there are a number of things you can do:
- Visit the webpage for the Oval, Railton or Ferndale Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to see what they include (or better still – visit the areas themselves)
- Use this online map to have your say about what you would like to see happen in our area to make more space for social distancing (add as many comments as you want)
- Get in touch with us directly to let us know what you think about the plans in other areas, what you would like to see happen in our area and whether you would support making our streets safer
- Talk to your neighbours and residents groups so that as many people as possible know that a Low Traffic Neighbourhood might be coming to our area