Ferndale Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The Ferndale 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.

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.

The impact of the LTN so far and our plans for the future

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.

If we find that it is successfully reducing traffic in and around the area we plan to propose a permanent version of the LTN and will consult with residents to help us make a final decision.

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. You can view the stage one monitoring report here.
  • Stage two: settling down - a report with data on the impact of the scheme from around 6 months after it was introduced.

    If the LTN is successfully reducing traffic in and around the LTN area at this stage we may propose a permanent version of the LTN scheme. Resident and business will be consulted to help us decide whether it should become permanent or not and if so what changes should be made to make it a success.
  • 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. If you sign up on the Commonplace news page we will send you project updates when public consultation 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.