Part of Lambeth's response to the current pandemic will be to create a low traffic neighbourhood in the Oval Triangle area. This is a project that the council had been considering before the pandemic but we have had to adapt to the changing circumstances. The low traffic neighbourhood will now be delivered in two stages:
- Immediately creating a low traffic neighbourhood with a temporary scheme
- Developing a permanent scheme, which will be informed by engaging with stakeholders and learning lessons from the temporary scheme
By installing temporary traffic barriers we will make the neighbourhood access only for motor vehicles. In addition to making social distancing for walkers easier it will make conditions for people cycling on the key Quietway 5 route much better. You can read about the detail of the temporary scheme here.
Oval Triangle low traffic neighbourhood - permanent scheme
Only a third of households within the Oval Triangle area own a car yet it suffers the negative impacts of high traffic volumes. Over 4,000 vehicles a day have been recorded using Fentiman Road. A permanent scheme to create a low-traffic neighbourhood will greatly reduce the volumes of traffic and improve the quality of life for local residents and businesses. We have to take action at the neighbourhood level to prevent traffic simply diverting onto other local roads.
We recognise that the traffic restrictions installed for the temporary scheme may not be in the optimum locations. We will assess how the scheme is functioning and develop options for a permanent scheme. When we have developed these options we will share them publicly and invite comment on them.
What are the next steps for developing a permanent scheme?
In normal circumstances we would not have implemented a traffic scheme like this without engaging with the local community first. But these are extraordinary times and we have chosen to act quickly to implement a temporary scheme that is effective at stopping through traffic. We will allow the temporary scheme to operate for a period of months to assess how it is functioning. We will provide updates here and on the dedicated online engagement site, Commonplace.
The permanent scheme will aim to:
- Reduce traffic volumes across the neighbourhood to deliver improved air quality, improved safety and create street spaces where people can socialise and play
- Create better condition on Quietway 5 cycle route
- Preserve motor vehicle access so residents and local business can use cars and vans when they need to
How can I get involved?
You can tell us how the temporary scheme is working via Commonplace. If you sign up on the Commonplace news page we will send you project updates and notify you when public engagement on the permanent scheme begins.
This project is part of our emergency transport response to coronavirus. Find info about the other projects in the programme, including other low traffic neighbourhoods, on Commonplace