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.

Please see links below to the separate consultation pages for parks and street improvements to share your views on the proposed designs.

Street improvements

We'll be improving the Harper Road street environment and public realm at the same time as the Dickens Square Park redevelopment and shopfront improvements, to ensure a shared look and feel to all three projects. 

A consultation meeting will be held on Tuesday 30 October, 7.15pm to 8.45pm at the Rockingham Community Centre, SE1 6PD. An additional pop up event will be held (date and location to be confirmed)

Please visit our consultation page so that you can share your views on the designs and the width restriction using the online questionnaire (see archived information on the width restriction here (pdf, 171kb)).

The changes have been 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. Confirmed funding sources include internal budgets, section 106, and devolved highways.

Street improvements programme

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

Street improvements to Harper Road (incorporating width restrictions)

  • Trial period for width restriction - March 2018 - Autumn 2018 (monitoring has now finished)
  • Informal consultation -  late October to 9 December 2018 (incorporating width restriction and alongside park refurbishment consultation)
  • Formal consultation -  Winter 2018
  • Final decision - Spring 2019
  • Construction - Summer/Autumn 2019

Supporting information

Traffic counts (Excel macro .xlsm format): April 2017 (xlsm, 13.7mb) , October 2017 (xlsm, 13.7mb), November 2017 (xlsm, 12.3mb)

September raw traffic counts

Map of average day traffic counts in Southwark (maintained externally)

Related transport consultations in the area

As part of their Safer Junctions  programme TfL are working on the junction of Harper Road and New Kent Road. We'll be liaising with TfL about this project given the community concerns about safety at this junction.

TfL conducted 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. The consultation closed on Monday 11 December 2017. Details of the consultation can be found here.

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 and visitors of all ages, including families with children.


  • First consultation - July 2017
  • Second consultation - November 2017 to March 2018
  • Third consultation - October to December 2018

The third consultation meeting is scheduled to take place on 30 October 2018 from 7.15 pm to 8.45 pm at the Rockingham Community Centre. It will be a combined consultation with the Harper Road Improvements scheme. There is also an online questionnaire, this will be available on the consultations hub of Southwark Council’s website. It will run for six weeks, from Monday 29 October to Sunday 9 December 2018. The revised plans can be viewed here (pdf, 22.5mb).


An initial consultation meeting to launch the project took place in July 2017, followed by the second community meeting held in November 2017. Online consultation was available on Southwark Council’s website during December 2017 to January 2018. We regret that publication of the second consultation report was delayed, due to ongoing consultation.

Previous consultation reports

Shopfront improvements

As part of the Improvements to Local Retail Environment (ILRE) scheme across Southwark, shop front improvement work is underway for the Harper Road parade. This involves working with shop traders to meet policy and scheme objectives and to provide an improved retail environment for individual businesses and the neighbourhood. Southwark Council's strategy for such works is to declutter facades and signage, improve security and create a consistent design approach to units within the Parade. Public realm improvements related to the parade will be included as part of the public realm works within the Quietway scheme.


  • Employers Agent appointed - December 2017
  • Design and specification - January to March 2018
  • Planning applications - April to May 2018
  • Works tender and appointment - June to December 2018
  • Construction - February to May 2019


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: 20 May 2019