We have received many positive and some negative comments from residents about the temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) operating in our area since September 2020. After 3 months in place, Lambeth Council recently announced enforcement the scheme would begin on 18 January – with traffic cameras automatically issuing penalty notices. Information about the scheme was sent by Lambeth Council to every household in the area and since September a live consultation on the temporary trial was held on the dedicated Tulse Hill LTN website. Early feedback, including from businesses on Brixton Hill, led to a delay in introducing the filter/gate on Arodene Road and a request to relocate it to a location further along at the junction with Helix Gardens that was recently put in place. You can see the feedback collected whilst the temporary scheme was in place here and get news and updates from the Council here.
Low traffic neighbourhoods in Lambeth were originally consulted on as part of the Lambeth Transport Strategy in 2018/19 with some of the interventions made locally part of the consultation on the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme in 2019. In May 2020 the Government wrote to all councils telling them it expected them to make significant changes to their road layouts as part of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic (including LTNs), to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians and withdrawing all funding for other more permanent traffic related schemes. This was reiterated in November 2020 by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, when he also told councils to publish reports on LTNs after 6 to 12 month of them being in place and adapt schemes based on feedback.
Lambeth Council has subsequently moved the temporary Tulse Hill LTN scheme forward as part of this process, issuing the required statutory notices to begin the process of formal consultation (if you wish to make an objection you can submit it by emailing Lambeth Council directly). Monitoring of the impact of the scheme will continue and if after 6 months the LTN is meeting its objectives the Council will hold a further consultation if it considers making the scheme permanent.
Acting on air quality was one of the Labour Party’s manifesto commitments in 2018 (“A greener cleaner, Lambeth”) whilst one of our commitments when we stood to be your Tulse Hill Ward Councillors was to tackle speeding and rat-running in the area. In September/October 2020 we conducted a survey of local residents that found 71% were in favour of the trial/the idea of LTNs and around 22% of local residents opposed them outright. Those yet to make up their minds may want to read the evaluation of the impact of the Railton LTN (covering the area on the other side of Effra Road up to Herne Hill Station) before the evaluation of the Tulse Hill LTN is completed. Meanwhile, we will continue to update you via our newsletter and website.