Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill areas to keep safer, healthier streets

The Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill areas will continue to benefit from safer, healthier streets after Lambeth council said it plans to make permanent two trial low traffic neighbourhoods.

A community decorated LTN filter in Tulse Hill LTN
A community decorated planter at a filter in Tulse Hill low traffic neighbourhood

Lambeth Cyclists is pleased to see more areas benefitting from improvements for people walking and cycling. The Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill areas provide a route for people east of the A23 main road and enable safer cycling on the Streatham to Peckham ‘healthy route‘.

The Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill LTNs underwent extensive public consultation earlier this year when residents and businesses were asked to give feedback and suggest improvements to the trial schemes.

The council’s statement says:

Consultation feedback and extensive analysis of equalities impacts has shaped the Council’s LTN Exemptions Policy and we will now make dispensations available for Blue Badge holders and other key service providers.

Monitoring data shows there were 4,500 fewer daily journeys in Streatham Hill and 2,000 fewer in Tulse Hill, while cycling in both LTNs also increased significantly.

The newly appointed Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, Councillor Rezina Chowdhury, said:

Building a borough that is fit for the challenges of the future means taking meaningful action to tackle the climate emergency, improve air quality and reduce the inequalities that are embedded in our neighbourhoods.

“These projects are an important part of a wider plan to make our streets safer and healthier, reducing traffic across Lambeth and the associated carbon emissions too. Over the coming months we will work with the community on the proposed improvements to the public realm in their neighbourhoods as well as bringing forward further improvements to enable the shift to sustainable modes of travel in the Streatham Hill and Tulse Hill areas.

A break in Streatham Hill

Unfortunately with the delay since the consultation closed in December, the Experimental Traffic Order, which enabled the testing of the Streatham Hill low traffic neighbourhood, will expire before the permanent order is in place.

This means the current temporary scheme will be removed for a few weeks, possibly a couple of months, before the permanent low traffic neighbourhood starts. This is a great shame and will affect many who live on and walk or cycle through the Streatham Hill side streets.

Other improvements in the Tulse Hill area

While the LTN schemes are assessed to meet the objective criteria for success set out in the
Monitoring Strategy, a number of complementary measures have been identified:

  • Changes to traffic signal phasing at the Brixton Water Lane / Tulse Hill junction
  • Introduction of a ‘yellow box’ junction marking at Josephine Avenue / Brixton Water Lane
  • Small scale accessibility improvements across the area based on street audits and with input from Transport for All
  • Improvements to walking routes, such as improving the east-west route from Brixton Hill to Brockwell Park connecting to the Tulse Hill Estate, including a new safe crossing for Tulse Hill near Cressingham Gardens
  • Developing proposals for Tulse Hill under the borough’s Bus Corridors Review programme to bring about bus user improvements as well as additional healthy street improvements such as separated cycle provision and seating for pedestrians
  • Deliver the Peckham to Streatham Healthy Route in full which will run along Upper Tulse Hill and High Trees
  • Increase provision of secure cycle parking in the area
  • Launch a community E-cargo bike share scheme to help make the switch to more sustainable forms of transport
  • Targeted provision of free cycle training for children and adults and initiatives to promote walking
  • Work with local businesses to incentivise delivery and servicing via sustainable modes for example, using cargo bikes, and consult on improvements to the shopping parades on Elm Park and Upper Tulse Hill such as new seating and tree planting
  • Review of lighting and other measures to improve feelings of safety at night-time
  • Working with the police to address speeding vehicles and those who cover/use fake numberplates to avoid penalties and put other users in danger
  • Additional air quality monitoring on the A205 South Circular
  • Provision of ‘green screens’ at sensitive locations

Other improvements in the Streatham Hill area

Complementary measures proposed:

  • Implement small scale accessibility improvements across the area based on street audits
    carried out and with input from Transport for All
  • Extra traffic calming on Leigham Vale
  • Traffic calming on Leigham Court Road, part of 20mph project
  • A new cycling and walking crossing, part of Peckham to Streatham Healthy Route
  • New pollution blocking green screens at locations along the A205
  • New air quality monitors on south circular
  • Green screens installed at Dunraven School and Hitherfield Primary School. All local schools will be offered the opportunity to install screens
  • A23 Improvement Scheme: new cycle lane and safe crossings on Streatham Hill, led by Transport for London.
  • Leigham Court Road Safety and Bus Priority scheme.
  • Deliver sustainable travel improvements for local residents such as cycle and walking training and expanding bike hangar provision.
  • Targeted provision of free cycle training for children and adults and initiatives to promote walking.
  • Work with local businesses to incentivise delivery and servicing via sustainable modes e.g., cargo bikes, further develop outside space offer and progress plans to improve the town centre environment.
  • Review of lighting and other measures to improve feelings of safety at night-time.

You can see the full council papers on the Lambeth council website and other updates on the projects’ Commonplace webpages.