Since 28th September changes have been made to the way traffic moves through our area with the introduction of a low traffic neighbourhood. Six “modal filters” (like the one pictured above on St Matthew’s Road) have been installed across the area to cut out rat-running, removing non-local traffic from the area bordered by Tulse Hill, Christchurch Road and Brixton Hill. By cutting out rat-running traffic we can help lower the number of speeding vehicles on the road, making our streets a safer environment for everyone – whether you are a car user or passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, young or old. As people change how they get around and use cars less for local journeys, pollution will also begin to decrease.
As you can see in the picture above, the design of the filters leaves enough space for emergency service vehicles to be able to pass through them and use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to issue a fine to other vehicles. All residents, delivery drivers, tradespeople and visitors will still be able to get to every property by car/van – but the route that is taken to a property may change. This colour-coded map shows which areas will be accessed only from certain directions.
There can be short-term issues whilst these schemes bed in, until satnav software is updated and in the period until enforcement of the LTN begins. However, once LTNs are in place there will be fewer vehicles trying to cut in and out on the main main roads around the boundary of the LTN creating a smoother flow of traffic. Because all the roads in our area only lead to/from the same three main roads around the boundary, traffic currently using the routes through our area ultimately only re-join the same main roads. As such, this traffic will not be displaced as some say but will simply remain on the strategic road network it is already using.
We have been surveying local residents for the last few weeks on traffic in our area and if you haven’t had the chance to complete the survey please click here to visit our website. Finally, please do remember that this LTN can only remain in place for the trial period and whilst many believe it has a place in helping reducing speeding and rat-running, making our streets safer for everyone and cutting pollution, any permanent scheme would require a full public consultation. Further information can be found on the dedicated Tulse Hill LTN website here where you can also comment on the current temporary scheme as part of the live consultation.