Dulwich Streetspace update January 2022

The following email has been sent by Southwark Council:

Dear resident

Last year we worked with the Dulwich community and our stakeholders, listening to suggestions on how we can improve the experimental Dulwich Streetspace measures to ensure they work better for the whole community. Whilst opinions varied on the changes, the process was comprehensive. Thank you for your contribution to that process.

Why are we making these changes?

  • Make our roads safer for all residents and visitors.
  • Make walking and cycling an enjoyable, safe and easy way of getting around,
  • Clean up our air, reducing pollution and noise levels, and creating a greener and healthier environment for everyone.
  • Help tackle the climate emergency, reducing the carbon emissions from vehicles in Southwark, as they are one of the biggest contributors to emissions locally.
  • Reduce the amount of cut-through traffic so all feel safer on local roads, as well as reducing parking pressure for local residents.
  • Encourage people to shop local, so our local high streets flourish

On 23 December 2021, having given additional time to extend the statutory process to ensure all representations could be received, including the calls to remove the scheme, the process to approve was completed. The council made a balanced decision, based on data and the positive changes that have resulted from the experimental measures. We also made sure that all necessary consents and interim orders were all in place to maintain the safety of the road network throughout December and January to take us up to the point the permanent orders come into effect in February.

The report is available on our website.  

Map of the final measures

We acknowledge that more needs to be done to ensure the changes benefit the entire community. However, the monitoring data so far shows that the measures are having a positive effect in reducing car traffic and encouraging active travel. We will continue to work with the community, monitor all principle and boundary roads and consider any needed changes as this data becomes available. We need to allow time for the new changes to settle down and review its impact.

When will the measures be implemented?

The measures will come into effect at 00.01 on Thursday 17 February 2022, once all the necessary road signs, posts and other related highway works are in place. This is during most local schools’ half term so we can minimise disruption.

The changes and improvements

Timed Restrictions: Hours of timed restrictions reduced from 5 hours to 2.5 hours (8.00 to 9.00am and 3.00pm to 4.30pm)

Better Signage

Additional advance notification signs along the main roads e.g. Dulwich Common, Lordship Lane, Croxted Road.

Improved Access for Emergency Services

Replacement cameras mean there is new access for emergency vehicles to and from Calton Avenue, Dulwich Village, Court Lane and Derwent Grove

Enhanced Monitoring:

We have now introduced continuous monitoring, 24/7, on the following roads:

  • Burbage Road
  • Townley Road
  • Dulwich Village
  • East Dulwich Grove central  (near Tessa Jowell Health Centre )- since September 2021

 

The traffic raw data is now loaded onto our map based GIS system

Exemptions

Exemptions will be available for all Southwark Blue Badge Holders at all bus gates before 17 February. If anyone would like to request a Blue Badge you can read more about them on our website. We are also supporting anyone requiring Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transport services.

Information on exemption requirements and how to apply.

Analysing data from October and November 2021.

We are currently analysing data from the end of last year. Initial analysis of the data from continuous monitoring on the main roads indicates the key trends are:

  • Generally traffic on the main  roads  is lower than before the pandemic and falling e.g. traffic volume along Croxted road is falling
  • Net month-on-month comparison shows traffic is falling on most main roads
  • Cycling levels are still  higher than pre-scheme level
  • Consistently high pedestrian footfall at the Calton Avenue area (active travel monitors in mid-December 2022 also showed on average over 8,000 pedestrians per day used the area)

We will publish an update on traffic trends on our website in March.

Next steps?

  • Implement the changes from 00.01 on Thursday 17 February 2022
  • Share data from the monitoring, looking at impact of changes (spring)
  • Engage with specific protected groups e.g. disabled, elderly, BAME, also bus users (spring 2022)
  • Continue engagement with the community, businesses and schools
  • Work with TfL and Lambeth who are making changes to signals around the Herne Hill area to improve traffic flow in the wider road network (ongoing with changes currently proposed for late March 2022)
  • Explore measures with TfL to improve bus journey times in the area (ongoing)
  • Explore measures to improve traffic conditions along East Dulwich Grove (ongoing)
  • Next newsletters will be in February and March

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