Lambeth Council has announced the details of a temporary Tulse Hill low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) and set the date for it to begin operation as 28th September. As your Councillors we have sought to let people know that an LTN would likely be introduced here – featuring it in our monthly newsletters and writing over the summer to residents associations, businesses, schools/nurseries and community/faith groups in the area. However, we are aware that some residents may not feel that there has been sufficient notice of this change; might be concerned about any disruption they feel it may cause; or may have questions to ask. Regardless of whether you support or oppose the LTN, we hope that everyone feels able to talk about it in a neighbourly way.
In May, the Government updated its traffic management guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic and set out the expectation for councils to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. The Mayor of London has also announced plans to create more space for cycling on Brixton Hill and changed the bus lanes to operate 24/7 which could also push more traffic onto residential streets in our area.
The vast majority of people living in our area don’t have access to a car and we must ensure safe transport options for everyone – including the large numbers of elderly residents and those with mobility issues who don’t travel by car as well as young people, pedestrians and cyclists. Emergency services will be able to pass through the filters/gates that are being installed on Arodene Road, Leander Road, Elm Park, Upper Tulse Hill, Cotherstone Road and Roupell Road (where the 201 bus will also be unaffected). Meanwhile residents/deliveries/visitors will still be able to get to every property – but the route they take may change.
We stood for election in Tulse Hill Ward in 2018 with a commitment to do something about speeding and rat-running in the local area. We have also held many discussions over the years with residents groups on what can be done. We believe these temporary plans can be part of a solution for our area – but they will change how people get around and some journeys will be slightly longer. There may be some short-term teething problems whilst this temporary scheme beds in – so a live consultation will run alongside it (see the dedicated website here). In other places this has led to direct changes to local LTNs and we urge everyone to take part.