During September and October we ran a survey of residents and people who work in Tulse Hill Ward about local transport issues, traffic and the low traffic neighbourhood. We wrote to residents associations, businesses, schools/nurseries and community/faith groups in the area to ask them to complete the survey and to pass it on to their neighbours, employees and volunteers.
214 people completed the survey and 71% of them backed the idea of a low traffic neighbourhood for our area – whilst around 1 in 5 respondents (22%) told us they “don’t like the idea at all”. Just over half of those who told us they have access to their own car/motorbike etc also supported the LTN (55%). We understand that whilst many people have been in touch with us welcoming the low traffic neighbourhood, others remain unconvinced and some simply oppose it as an idea. We will continue to listen to all residents about their views on this scheme.Whilst this scheme is temporary, any introduction of permanent changes to how traffic moves around would require a statutory consultation. In the mean time, people can continue to feedback their thoughts on the temporary scheme via the dedicated website here.
More widely, the survey told us a lot about how people feel about traffic in the area with roughly two thirds of respondents saying they thought there was too much traffic on the roads, that vehicles went too fast and that more needed to be done to cut down on rat-running. We also learnt about how coronavirus has changed the way people travel around – with about half of the respondents telling us they were making fewer journeys and using public transport less. The survey also clearly told us that people wanted greater enforcement of the 20mph speed limit.
As part of the assessment of the LTN, Lambeth Council is collecting data on the number of vehicles using roads at a number of locations in and around the LTN area. Air monitoring stations have also been used to collect air quality data at a number of points. You can read more about our survey and the results on our website here.