Streatham Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The Streatham Hill LTN helps to make it safer and easier to walk, wheel, scoot and cycle by stopping cars, vans and other vehicles from using quiet streets as shortcuts.

We introduced the Streatham Hill LTN in 2020 in response to the impact of Covid-19 on travel in the borough. However, LTNs were something we had been considering before the pandemic as part of our long-term transport strategy, which launched in 2019 and we ran a consultation on the project early in 2020. The LTN was introduced more quickly than planned because we needed to help people travel safely and sustainably whilst capacity on public transport was dramatically reduced.

What is an LTN?

Low traffic neighbourhoods make it safer and easier to walk, wheel, scoot and cycle by stopping cars, vans and other vehicles from using quiet streets as shortcuts. Over time, LTNs can encourage people to switch from driving to more sustainable ways of travelling, like walking, public transport and cycling. This is one of the ways we can tackle the climate emergency in Lambeth.

The impact of the LTN and our future plans

Following the emergency introduction of the LTN, we have been monitoring the impact on local traffic, cycling and air quality and have been responding to resident feedback on the scheme.

Our monitoring shows the scheme is successfully reducing traffic in and around the area and increasing cycling.

As a result, we have announced we are considering making the scheme permanent and we are now holding a consultation to hear people's views on the trial. We will then analyse the consultation response and data on the impact of the scheme before making a final decision on whether to make it permanent.

Our monitoring has found that:  

  • The overall volume of motor traffic recorded across all streets within and on the boundaries of the LTN has reduced by 5%, around 6,100 vehicles less a day.
  • Traffic on internal streets has decreased by 54%, it has increased by 13% on external streets (boundary roads) Traffic volumes have decreased by 90% on Hillside Road and by 76% on Hailsham Avenue. It has increased by 7% on Leigham Vale.
  • Cycling has increased by 54% on internal roads, and by 57% on external roads.
  • All the places where we analysed air quality that were classed as sensitive, such as outside schools and care homes, had air quality within legal limits. This includes sensitive sites on boundary roads.
  • Overall air quality in Lambeth is improving, partly due to measures such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. We expect to see greater improvements over time.

Streatham Hill LTN monitoring reports

We are publishing monitoring reports on the scheme in three stages. These contain detailed data on the impact of the scheme.

View the monitoring reports

Read more about the scheme

This project is one of five low traffic neighbourhoods that were accelerated as part of our emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our Low Traffic Neighbourhood programme is an important part of our transport strategy and climate action plan to reduce traffic across the borough by 27% by 2030. You can read more about other projects in the programme.