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Our Healthy Streets: Dulwich



As a direct result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Our Healthy Streets Dulwich programme is currently suspended. TfL is now prioritising is limited funding on measures to the new Streetspace programme for London. As part of this programme the council is trialling experimental measures with a view to enabling social distancing, supporting active travel and preventing an increase of traffic and pollution as we come out of lockdown. These have now been installed. Please see letters from Cllr. Richard Livingstone regarding the experimental measures at Dulwich Village (pdf, 344kb) and at Melbourne Grove (pdf, 336kb).

We have set up Commonplace maps to enable you to feed back on the effects of these measures. These are now open for comments:

Our planned evaluation timetable - making use of your feedback and additional monitoring data, is as follows:

  • initial evaluation - Autumn 2020
  • amendments if needed - early 2021
  • final evaluation - by Autumn 2021

Project details 

Recent projects and engagement with residents in the Dulwich area have shown a common theme, there's too much traffic in the area and this is having an adverse effect on local life.

We want to work with residents to address these concerns about traffic volume and its impact on the community.

  • streets in the Dulwich Village area carry much higher than the average traffic on similar residential streets in the borough
  • in the peak hours some residential streets are carrying more traffic than major A roads.
  • the peak hours are between 7am to 10am and 3pm to 8pm. This unusual traffic pattern shows that traffic using the area includes significant volumes of commuter traffic
  • the pollution profile shows that air pollution is worse between 7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm
  • there are very high numbers of pupils crossing the roads during the peak hours
  • over 7000 through journeys are made in the area in a typical day. They enter and exit the neighbourhood within less than 10 to 15 minutes

Phase 3

January to 29 March 2020

We are proposing an area-wide approach in Dulwich to reduce traffic volumes and make the streets safer and healthier, to encourage active travel such as walking and cycling.

Give us your views

Key proposals:

As discussed in phase 2:

  • permeable closure (access for pedestrians and cyclists only - no motor vehicles) of Calton Avenue and Court Lane at Dulwich Village junction
  • timed access restriction on Townley Road
  • permeable closure of Eynella Road at junction with Lordship Lane

Further area-wide measures for discussion:

  • options for through traffic reduction on Dulwich Village, Melbourne Grove, Burbage Road and Turney Road
  • options for parking controls in areas B & C to complement the traffic management measures
HSD main map

All the proposals above will be subject to modelling and further in-depth consultation before implementation. But we want to get your views on the outline proposals now.

Please review the proposals and respond to the online questionnaire by 29 March 2020.

To help you, you may review:

Our Healthy Streets Dulwich meeting

Community meetings

Around 140 local people came along to our first engagement meeting on 8 February 2020.

If you want to hear more, come to our meetings at:

  • Herne Hill Baptist Church on 29 February 2020 at 9am
  • JAGS on 4 March 2020 at 6.30pm

If you want us to speak with your Residents Association or community group, email us at

Next steps

  • phase 3 engagement - Early 2020
  • model the likely impact of measures - Summer 2020
  • phase 4 engagement - Autumn 2020
  • decision on the way forward - Winter 2021
  • statutory consultation - Spring 2021
  • construction - Summer / Autumn 2021

Phase 2

October - November 2019

We met with local people, including all those who contributed in phase 1, to discuss possible solutions to the issues that were identified, based on the key themes identified in the phase 1 summary report.

You can view our phase 1 summary report (pdf, 710kb).

We held two workshops (pdf, 372kb) in October, to look at area-wide measures to discourage through traffic from using your residential streets, with a focus on the area to the west of Lordship Lane.

You can view the presentation (pdf, 1.9mb) that was given at these workshops.

Phase 1

29 April to 7 June 2019

In this first phase, we asked you about the issues in this area. Hundreds of people gave us suggestions on our online map, via email and at a number of pop-up events across Dulwich.

The online map is still available so you can read every comment, and all the suggestions are included in priority order (pdf, 823kb).

DOHS map
Dulwich traffic study

Related documents (phase 1 & 2):

Page last updated: 30 June 2020

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