Elephant and Castle

Harper Road local area enhancements

There are three projects currently underway in the vicinity of Harper Road contributing to better local facilities, improved transport infrastructure and an enhanced neighbourhood setting. The work is all part of existing Elephant and Castle or borough wide programmes with delivery of the three strands in Harper Road occurring within similar timeframes.  Different departments are leading on the individual projects while coordinating consultation programmes and works where there are benefits. Funding has been obtained primarily through council budgets and section 106 with additional support for the Southwark Spine cycle route works potentially coming from Transport for London.

Street Improvements

The Harper Road street environment and public realm will be improved to coincide with the Parks redevelopment. The changes will be designed using the Healthy Streets approach as recommended in London’s Transport Strategy, which aims to encourage people from all walks of life to walk and cycle more by making the street environment more pleasant and safe. The works will include improvements to the public realm at the shopping parade, improvements as part of the Southwark Spine, and measures to reduce the number of HGVs using the street. Funding sources will include internal budgets, s106 and potentially TfL’s quietway programme funding (yet to be confirmed).

Trial width restrictions

Although traffic volumes in Harper Road are similar to roads of a similar type in the borough, the proportion of HGVs using Harper Road is relatively high. The council is therefore investigating the feasibility of trialling width restrictions which will restrict access to vehicles 6’6’’ or less in width and is also likely to discourage traffic in general. The location of the width restriction is to be decided with input from key stakeholders such as refuse companies and the Metropolitan police as well as input from residents, businesses, and places of worship. The width restriction will be made under an experimental traffic order which expires after 18 months. Displacement of HGV traffic will be assessed against baselines traffic counts after a sufficiently long period to allow for traffic to stabilise (usually 6-8 months) and if needed, mitigation measures will be taken to address any adverse impacts.

Shopping parade and cycle route - Southwark Spine

The design of the public realm will be coordinated with that of the park to ensure that there is connectivity and cohesiveness with the park design.  Various stakeholders have identified some main concerns and aspirations for the shopping area. They have included safer crossing point at the northern end of the shopping parade, improved footways, echelon parking, more attractive planting areas and more attractive options for storing bins.

Harper Road, between Borough High Street and Falmouth Road, is expected to form part of a proposed cycle route (the Southwark Spine) which will be aimed at the less confident cyclist from all walks of life, and will enable them to cycle at a leisurely pace.  Although the road is too narrow to accommodate a cycle lane, road calming features such as speed humps will be proposed to make the street feel safer for cyclists.


Consultation activities will be coordinated with those for the park redevelopment.

Trial width restrictions

  • Informal consultation - November 2017 to September 2018
  • Trial - February 2018 to October 2018
  • Formal consultation - October 2018
  • Final decision - TBC
  • Construction - TBC

Shopping parade & cycle route - Southwark Spine:

  • Informal consultation - early 2018/Spring 2018
  • Formal consultation - June to October 2018
  • Final decision - TBC
  • Construction - TBC


For previous consultation activities please refer to document Harper Road - summary results: highways past consultations (pdf, 584kb)

Supporting information

Please refer to document proposed width restrictions - site meeting (pdf, 775kb)

We will update the document Harper Road - summary results: highways past consultations (pdf, 584kb) with a summary of outcomes from this meeting.

Related transport consultations in the area

TfL has launched a consultation on proposed changes to road layout on the A3 Borough High Street at the junction with Marshalsea Road and Great Dover Street, in Southwark.

Details of the consultation can be found here.

The consultation closes on Monday 11 December 2017

Dickens Square Park

Dickens Square Park has been identified as a priority for investment since 2004. There is a real need to refurbish this park to make it more accessible and address issues of significant anti-social behaviour.  The project will enhance biodiversity and improve access to a green space that is of key importance to this area of the borough. New features will be introduced to encourage better use of the park and improved recreational facilities for residents of all ages, including families with children, and visitors.


  • Stage 1 Consultation - November 2017 to March 2018
  • Stage 2 Consultation - March 2018 to July 2018


An initial consultation meeting to launch the project took place in July 2017 followed by a  community meeting on Monday, 27 November 2017.

Previous consultation reports

Dickens Square Park: summary of initial feedback (pdf, 1.5mb)

Shopfront improvements

As part of the ILRE scheme across Southwark, shop front improvement work is proposed in the Harper Rd parade. This involves working with shop traders to meet policy and scheme objectives and provide an improved retail environment for the neighbourhood. Southwark Council strategy for such works is to declutter facades and signage and make a consistent design approach to units within the Parade while promoting the individual business services. Public realm improvements related to the parade will be included as part of the public realm works within the Quietway scheme.


(will be confirmed with the agent on appointment)

  • Employers Agent appointed - December 2017
  • Condition surveys - January 2018
  • Design and specification - January to February 2018
  • Planning applications - March to May 2018
  • Works tender and appointment - June to September 2018
  • Construction - October to December 2018


Individual discussions with the business owners will be ongoing throughout the development of the works package and delivery. General updates on the shopfronts will be provided to the community in conjunction with the quietway and parks consultation.

Page last updated: 18 January 2018