Oval Stockwell low traffic neighbourhood report

More people are getting on their bikes now that the Oval to Stockwell low traffic neighbourhood is in place, and motor traffic has gone down. This welcome news is shown in new figures for bike and motor vehicle movements in and around the area.

Lambeth council has issued the first assessment of the low traffic neighbourhood’s effects, including independent traffic analysis. The Save Oval Streets campaign, from the local residents’ associations, has been kind enough to let us use their review of the reports.

The stage one results across the Oval to Stockwell low traffic neighbourhood

Across the LTN & periphery roads:

  • Cycles ⬆️ +34%
  • Cars ⬇️ -3%

Inside the LTN:

  • Cycles ⬆️ +10%
  • Cars ⬇️ -17%

Surrounding the LTN:

  • Cycles ⬆️ +19%
  • Cars ⬆️ +10%

These are very encouraging preliminary results!

This was Stage One. As the report makes clear:

“Traffic across the wider area won’t have fully adjusted at this point. We would expect to see higher traffic levels throughout the monitored area than intended by the objectives”

Save Oval Streets remains more convinced than ever that the LTN is having a positive impact and transforming the area for the better.

There are tweaks still to come and many changes already made.

Changes made

Lambeth council is clearly determined to work harder on comms, behaviour change & equalities.


  • HGV Construction trucks associated with the South Lambeth Estate regeneration have been temporarily exempt from one traffic filter to reduce the impact of HGVS having to approach from South Lambeth road.
  • An exemption for SEND transport providers has been put in place for all LTNs.

Physical changes:

  • a no-entry restriction on Claylands Place at its junction with Elias Place
  • Claylands Road filter layout updated with road markings and signage
  • additional advance warning and statutory signage added in various locations
  • full closure of Richborne Terrace filter in consultation with emergency services
  • relocated disabled bay on Elias Place to allow vehicle turning space and pocket park
  • warning signage erected at entry points to Mursell Estate
  • Palfrey Place – traffic direction reversed, and contra-flow cycling added
  • Cobbett Street/Clapham Road and Palfrey Place/Richborne Terrace – installed bollards to prevent vehicles driving over footway
  • installed cycle stands outside Dorset Road shops
  • traffic signal timings adjusted at junction of Lansdowne Way/Clapham Road to improve the free-flow of traffic along this road

Changes coming

  • TfL agreement to prevent right-turning traffic from Clapham Road entering Stockwell Terrace
  • Improvements to protect residential access to Lansdowne Way

There are also some great numbers for individual streets, both inside the LTN and outside

Cycling figures inside LTN:

  • Dorset Road ⬆️ +173%
  • Fentiman Road ⬆️ +24%
  • St Stephens Terrace ⬆️ + 29%

Car numbers inside LTN:

  • Albert Square ⬇️ -91%
  • Claylands Road ⬇️ -77%
  • Hanover Gardens ⬇️ -42%
  • Fentiman Road ⬇️ -39%
  • Dorset Road ⬇️ -30%
  • Meadow Road N ⬇️ -18%

Outside the LTN:

  • Crewdson Road ⬇️ -38%
  • Handforth Road ⬇️ -39%

And motor traffic numbers for major peripheral roads (this is all motor traffic, not just cars):

  • South Lambeth Road (A203) ⬆️ 2%
  • Clapham Road (A3) ⬆️ 1%

Save Oval Streets says:

Great news that plans are already afoot to resolve outstanding issues on Lansdowne Way and Stockwell Terrace.

We’ve been working behind the scenes to help make that happen.

There’s a large increase in car traffic on St Stephen’s Terrace within the LTN but from a very low baseline. That’s something that needs to be looked into.

Read Lambeth’s full report.

Based on tweets by SaveOvalStreets (@SaveOvalStreets) on March 19, 2021.