Dulwich review

Following extensive consultation with Dulwich residents and businesses and careful analysis of a range of monitoring data, Southwark Council has published its proposals for measures to improve local streets, increase active travel, improve air quality and ensure local children have a safe and healthy journey to school in the Dulwich area. The full report can be found here.

The proposals aim to maintain and expand the many benefits of the temporary schemes, such as a significant increase in cycling, and reduction in car journeys, whilst also responding specifically to concerns voiced by residents and businesses

The schemes were originally introduced in 2020 as Experimental Traffic Orders (ETMOs) to support social distancing on our local high streets, by encouraging more people to walk and cycle locally to help avoid overcrowding on public transport. Since putting the schemes in place we have been monitoring data and feedback closely as well as government guidance. In July local councils were given new government guidance not to remove schemes unless they are demonstrably not meeting their objectives to support active travel. 

We feel strongly about achieving a safer, cleaner and greener place for all and we are working towards a long-term goal of reclaiming the streets for people, and relocating road space for active travel, whilst tackling high traffic and pollution levels, which has been raised as a concern by Dulwich residents in previous consultations.

The individual elements of the trial measures attracted a range of views, with a majority of respondents saying they would like to see changes to the current measures.

In response to these findings, the proposals include:

  • maintaining existing traffic controls and active travel measures but with significant changes and improvement
  • timed restrictions reduced by half to link more closely with school drop-off and pickup times
  • improved access for all emergency service
  • new map based signage
  • clearer policies for enforcement and fines that will apply across all low traffic schemes
  • exemptions for Blue Badge holders, taxis, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) travel and rapid response healthcare workers
  • new measures to improve the local environment, and support communities and businesses, including green screens, cycle storage
DLTN map October 2021
Dulwich Streetspace proposal map

The Dulwich Streetspace review has been comprehensive and the key messages have been listened to. View answers to the frequently asked questions.

We'll continue to monitor and consult with everyone in order to get the right balance for the whole community.

The Traffic Management Order (TMO) statutory consultation period, on the different permanent proposals for Dulwich Streetspace measures, began on Thursday 21 October.

During this process, members of the public can make representations in support or in objection of the proposed Orders. All copies of the notices, the proposed Orders and a statement of the council's reasons for making the Orders, together with plans showing the location and effect of the Orders, can be found online or inspected by appointment only at the address below:

Southwark Council
Environment and Leisure
3rd floor hub 2
160 Tooley Street
London SE1 2QH

For booking details, email traffic.orders@southwark.gov.uk.

Any objection should:

  • be made in writing
  • state the grounds on which it is made
  • be sent to the address specified in the notice of proposals
  • list the scheme reference as above

If you'd like to provide a representation, use our online form.

You may also send a statement in writing to: Traffic Order Consultations, Highways, Southwark Council, Environment and Leisure, P.O. Box 64529, London SE1P 5LX

You can also email the statement to traffic.orders@southwark.gov.uk, quoting the correct reference by 11 November 2021 (except for the trial schemes Melbourne Grove (north) and Grove Vale, of which the deadline to send representations is outlined above).

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Page last updated: 26 October 2021

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