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 to see current design proposals and previous consultation reports.

Street improvements

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

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.

We have completed informal consultation and are in the process of revising designs, proceeding to decision making and statutory consultation by Autumn 2019.

We are conducting further assessment of traffic movements into Harper Road and exploring ways of reducing traffic further, as part delivering a wider proposed strategic cycle route from St Georges Circus (link to project page to be provided).


Timescales have been coordinated with those for the park redevelopment.

  • 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)
  • Decision making and statutory consultation on width restriction - Summer 2019
  • Construction of width restriction (subject to statutory consultation) - Autumn 2019
  • Decision making and statutory consultation on street design - Summer/autumn 2019
  • Construction of street design - Winter 2019/20

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)

Reports related to width restriction (NO2, traffic)

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 are liaising with TfL about this project.

The Grid cycle route from St George’s Circus to Falmouth Road is currently at scoping stage and includes a small section of Harper Road by Borough High Street.

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.


Four community consultation meetings took place on 5 July 2017,  27 November 2017, 30 October 2018 and 28 March 2019 (see separate consultation reports).

The detailed design is now being developed by LDA Design, informed by the preferences expressed in the fourth community consultation on the design elements.  A full planning application will be submitted in July 2019.

Previous consultation reports

Shopfront improvements

As part of the Improvements to Local Retail Environment (ILRE) scheme across Southwark, shop front improvement work has now completed on the Harper Road parade. This project involved working with shop traders to meet policy and scheme objectives and to provide an improved retail environment for individual businesses and the neighbourhood. The  works included decluttering facades, painting renewing signage, lighting, improving security and creating a consistent design approach to units within the Parade.

Page last updated: 10 June 2019