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, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) travel and rapid response healthcare workers
  • New measures to improve the local environment, and support communities and businesses, including green screens, cycle storage
Dulwich streetspace proposal map

Find out more detail on each of these measures.

The Dulwich Streetspace review has been comprehensive and the key messages have been listened to. We will continue to monitor and consult with you all in order to get the right balance for the whole community.

Residents and businesses have two opportunities to comment on these proposals:

1) You can respond to the published report by emailing streetspace@southwark.gov.uk by Monday 27 September. This is a formal opportunity to share your thoughts on, and any objections to, the details set out in the report. Your comments will inform the formal decision by the Cabinet Member to proceed to consultation on the Traffic Management Orders that permit the changes set out in the report.

 2) We will then launch a three-week consultation linked to the 21-day statutory objection period for the Traffic Management Orders. This will be a further opportunity for residents to have their say on the proposals, before any changes come into effect.

Feedback and representations can be made by sending an email to streetspace@southwark.gov.uk.

A decision will then be made in November based on any representations made during the 21-day statutory period.

Subject to the outcome of the engagement and statutory consultation, the updated measures will then be delivered by early 2022.

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Page last updated: 17 September 2021

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