The Ferndale low traffic neighbourhood was created as part of our emergency transport response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it was an idea that the council had been engaging with the community about before the pandemic as part of the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood project. LTNs are also a part of our long-term transport strategy which was released in 2019. In 2020 we had to adapt to the changing circumstances and introduce the temporary scheme as quickly as possible.
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.
Why we had to act quickly
Before coronavirus, 71% of people in the Ferndale area mainly travelled using public transport. During the lockdowns and restrictions of 2020 and 2021 that was no longer possible due to massively reduced capacity on London's public transport network. We knew that if car journeys increased only slightly then our roads could grind to a halt. We needed to help people travel safely and sustainably.
We're proposing to make the LTN permanent, we're consulting with residents before making a final decision
Following the emergency introduction of the LTN, we have been monitoring the impact on local traffic, cycling and air quality and have been seeking resident feedback on the scheme.
We have found that the LTN is successfully reducing traffic in and around the area and so we are proposing a permanent version of the LTN. Before we make a final decision we want to know what locals think.
We are publishing monitoring reports in three stages:
- Stage one: initial adjustment - a report on the immediate impact of the scheme, including resident feedback and changes made in response. View the stage one monitoring report.
- Stage two: settling down - a report with data on the impact of the scheme from after enforcement of the LTN filters has had time to settle in. View the stage two monitoring report.
- Stage three: regular use - within 18 months after the introduction of the scheme. At this stage, the scheme may already be permanent with public realm improvements that enhance the benefits of reduced traffic volumes. If it is not permanent at this stage we will either announce plans to make it permanent and consult on them, or the LTN will lapse.
Read more about the scheme and sign up for updates
Go to https://fdstreets.commonplace.is/ to find out more about the scheme so far.
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.