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Dulwich Village - Streets for people

In Summer 2020 we introduced a traffic filter at the junction of Calton Avenue, Court Lane and Dulwich Village. This was part of a wider Streetspace programme for the Dulwich area. The traffic filter helps to achieve a number of priorities set out in Southwark’s Movement Plan, including:

  • reducing traffic and creating healthier streets for people
  • supporting businesses to prosper through placemaking
  • improving road safety and air quality to improve the experience on our street
  • encouraging active and greener forms of travel to support physical and mental wellbeing

The traffic filter has now been made permanent. The next round of engagement will focus on designing a new community space at the heart of Dulwich Village. The engagement process will include

  • the permanent layout of Calton Avenue/Court Lane junction
  • improving the Dulwich Village/Turney Road junction

Latest news

We want to thank everyone for their feedback during the Phase 2 consultation for the Dulwich Village Streets for People project undertaken in November and December 2022.

The consultation received 1242 responses from a series of different events. There were 8 sessions of engagement, meetings and surveys carried out.

The people we spoke to can be summarised as follows:

  • 86% were local residents living in the immediate Dulwich Village area
  • 11% identified as being disabled or having a disability
  • 78% declared that they were car owners or had access to a car

View a report with more details on the outcome of Phase 2 engagement (PDF, 929kb)

The council is committed to making Southwark’s roads safer, calmer and greener for residents. Our ambitious Streets for People Programme shows how we're working with our communities to put people first, reduce traffic levels, improve the street environment to restore quiet, safe streets in our communities, reduce air pollution, improve people’s quality of life and encourage different ways of travelling through the borough.

We recently consulted on these ambitions through engagement across the whole borough, for the development of a sustainable transport strategy. This work was done separately but in parallel to the specific Dulwich scheme consultation.

Responses from the Dulwich area accounted for 27% of all responses to the consultation hub for the borough wide transport strategy. Details of those findings for the whole borough will shortly be published on the Streets for People web page.

Amendments to the Dulwich proposals

We want the permanent Dulwich Village scheme to become a leading example of how a Streets for People scheme should look like. We're happy to work with, and listen to, our residents to make sure this happens in the best way possible.

The council’s ambitious Streets for People strategy is designed to encourage a modal shift towards walking and cycling, and creating spaces that are supported by those who use these modes of transport. The interim changes to the junction have seen significant increases in walking and cycling in the area, and there is potential for growth once a permanent layout is implemented. Creating an inclusive street space that everyone can safely enjoy is a key objective of our Streets for the People programme.

The feedback from the consultation shows that respondents who walk and cycle (non-car users) are much more likely to support our objectives, and those who are car-users are much less convinced by our objectives related to safety, community and connections. We're committed to working with the community in the next phase of engagement on the permanent design to ensure the final layout benefits all road users.

One aspect of the proposals that dominated responses was the proposal to ban vehicle access along Turney Road from the junction with Dulwich Village, opposite Calton Avenue and Court Lane.

Having considered all the responses, alongside the traffic data and survey work, the next phase of the consultation process will develop final designs that retain vehicle access at this Turney Road location and not ban vehicles.

We will now pursue other opportunities to improve the Turney Road environment between Boxhall Road and Dulwich Village to support the needs of local pupils, and pedestrians and safer cycling at all times.

During Phase 3, we also explore other interventions to tackle the issues highlighted by the Phase 2 feedback, such as road safety and reducing traffic volumes and congestion in Dulwich Village and the wider Dulwich area. This will include:

  • a review of Red Post Hill/East Dulwich Grove junction to improve the flow of traffic whilst maintaining the safety of cyclists  
  • extending safe cycle routes along Dulwich Village, Turney Road, Burbage Road, where cycling volumes are highest
  • linking up the Dulwich Village hub to West Dulwich and East Dulwich more directly and safely
  • deliver permanent improvements to the public realm in East Dulwich to complete those schemes as well
  • prioritising parking for local businesses to support loading and unloading as well as customer and shared use parking bays
  • strengthen vehicle and parking enforcement to tackle peak time issues caused by poor driver behaviour and non-compliance by a small number of vehicles
  • address the issue of term time parking when traffic volumes are much higher
  • seek to mitigate the impact of the London Borough of Lambeth’s extension to the Tulse Hill Controlled Parking Zone to Croxted Road and other related measures in West Dulwich

Phase 3 will commence in autumn 2023. It is anticipated that any physical highway works will commence in early 2024 dependent on the results and feedback from the consultation, and any associated traffic signals design work to be undertaken by TfL.

Revised designs and details of the other measures listed will be made available as part of the Phase 3 consultation.

In response to the feedback from the community and key stakeholders, we're seeking permission from the Department for Transport to designate the highway and public realm of Dulwich Square for permitted public events. There will be a consultation in May with all interested stakeholders

Engagement Phase 1, summer 2022 - information gathering

The first phase of engagement consisted of a number of activities to understand how the junctions currently perform against healthy street objectives. This engagement process aims to be a representative sample of people who use the junction.

The activities to be undertaken are:

  • Healthy Streets design check
  • on-street Healthy Streets survey
  • Healthy Streets survey with pupils
  • pan-impairment accessibility audit
  • cycling accessibility audit
  • ground investigation and junction survey

The outcome of this engagement phase has informed the initial design development.

Results of Phase 1 can be found in the Dulwich Village Streets for People - Phase 1 report (PDF, 2mb) and summary report (PDF, 1.6mb)

Read background information that informed the Phase 1 summary report.

Engagement Phase 2, Autumn 2022 - concept ideas

In early summer this year, we revisited the area around the junction of Dulwich Village with Calton Avenue and Turney Road. We looked at how well the area was working for all kinds of road users, and we spoke with hundreds of people on the street. We talked to local schools and the children attending them, and to local businesses. Now we want to work with the whole community to design the future and permanent shape of this area at the heart of Dulwich.

See our initial ideas and have your say

The initial design ideas are led by three core objectives:

  • community - a place for people from the local and wider area to enjoy so that Dulwich Village is inclusive for all
  • safety - the whole junction should be safer for all road users, and prioritise the most vulnerable road users
  • destination and connection - the space will help make Dulwich Village a place for people to visit and connect with people across South London

This engagement phase is now closed.

See our Frequently Asked Question page regarding the proposals.

These initial ideas are to find out local people's preferences for how the space could be used. We are using the feedback received from this phase of engagement to develop a final concept design proposal for people to comment on in autumn 2023.

Engagement Phase 3, autumn 2023 - Have your say

The third phase will consist of a public consultation on the design proposal developed with the community.

This consultation will inform a final decision on the design of the junction to be taken forward to construction.

Our aims

We all need to take bold action to reduce car journeys in order to:

  • clean up the air in Southwark
  • encourage travel in more active and healthier ways
  • cut carbon emissions in response to the climate crisis

We hope local people’s input will help to inform how we should transform the space for all to enjoy and feel safe in, and help to achieve these aims.

Page last updated: 22 September 2023


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