Community helps to improve Ferndale low traffic neighbourhood

28 June 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council has announced permanent alterations to the Ferndale Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) after working closely with the local community.

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Community helps to improve Ferndale low traffic neighbourhood

Two additional traffic filters will be installed within the Ferndale LTN to alleviate traffic on some nearby streets to allow more people to enjoy the car-free streets.

The latest improvements are a result of extensive co-design and collaboration between Lambeth Council and residents, businesses, and other stakeholders and follows a statutory consultation held earlier this year.

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Deputy Leader of the Council and cabinet member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, said: “The permanent improvements to the Ferndale LTN underlines how we are working closely with local people to ensure the scheme works for everyone.

“Since we made the scheme permanent, we have continued that vital dialogue with the community to ensure vehicle traffic is more evenly balanced around the LTN.

“Throughout the process we have taken on board suggestions and feedback to refine our plans and I am delighted we can now move forward with them.”

The Ferndale LTN was introduced in April 2020 as a temporary measure to make neighbourhoods healthier, more pleasant, and accessible to everyone.

After a trial phase where the council monitored air quality and traffic volumes, the scheme was made permanent in August last year.

The council has continued to discuss the Ferndale LTN with local people and ward councillors who raised concerns about traffic volumes in Ferndale Road (West).

Proposals were made for two additional modal filters to distribute traffic more evenly within the LTN.

The filters will provide additional access routes to the southern part of the LTN by:

  • Removing existing filter at Concannon Street at junction with Santley Street
  • Installing new traffic filter in Ferndale Road between Ducie Street and Medwin Street
  • Installing new traffic filter in Santley Street between Ducie Road and Concannon Road

Further co-design with the local community to shape how the new filters will look are planned for later this year.

The changes come after a recent academic study into four of Lambeth Council’s LTNs found that households living inside an LTN will reduce their average car use by more than six per cent.

Cllr Chowdhury added: “We have taken some bold choices over the last few years to focus on healthier and more sustainable ways to get around our borough rather than jumping in the car.

“We will continue to work with residents to help improve all our low traffic neighbourhoods as we work to ensuring Lambeth meets the challenges of the climate crisis, improves air quality for everyone and enable safe walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling.”