Information about how we developed the strategy based on your feedback, local, London and national policies and what the evidence tells us.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. Policy context

The Transport Strategy draws together a range of policies and plans at a local, regional and national level including:

This Strategy has been prepared in advance of the forthcoming borough-wide carbon reduction strategy which will consider further measures required to deliver our carbon neutral objective by 2030. The Transport Strategy Implementation Plan will respond to this work and help implement measures to deliver the necessary outcomes.

2. What the evidence tells us

As part of the development of the Strategy we have investigated and analysed transport and related data to review how well existing mobility needs are met in Lambeth and how the transport network will cope in an expected future scenario taking growth in employment and housing into account. As well as helping to identify the need for improvements now, this work allows us to anticipate how the network will need to be improved to meet the needs of the future so that we can plan for this.

The Transport Strategy Future Baseline analysis is summarised as follows.

Strengths Weaknesses
Excellent public transport accessibility in the north of Lambeth Current and projected congestion on road, rail and tube networks
Extensive coverage of bus network across Lambeth Lack of step free access to rail and tube network
Reliance on private cars is relatively low when compared to other London boroughs and motor traffic has declined Air quality breaches safe limits in more than one area of the borough (across the borough)
Walking and cycling projected to increase Rail network does not provide frequent, reliable services in the south of the borough where tube coverage is limited.
Lack of rail connections for trips within Lambeth and east west bus routes
Lack of comprehensive cycle network
Opportunities Threats
Rail devolution and ‘metroisation’ Growing demand for public transport outstrips capacity
Significant investment in public realm planned at strategic locations Growth reverses downward trend in traffic levels
Potential for sustainable freight operation Reduced investment in the transport network due to financial pressures
Expanded ULEZ and EV charging network to improve air quality No committed large-scale public transport improvements
High potential for cycling in Lambeth

This analysis suggests that significant improvements to infrastructure and services as well as changes to the way all of us make travel choices will be needed to deliver a transport network that is fit for the future. It highlights the need to make the best use of the existing network with a radical overhaul of rail provision and by prioritising the most space efficient modes of transport and reducing motor traffic on our road network. We must also add to this analysis the urgent need to reduce CO2 emissions in order to meet our climate change objectives and also the need for a renewed emphasis on reducing road danger and in particular the unacceptable risk to vulnerable road users on our highway network.

3. What you told us

This Strategy has been developed based on two rounds of consultation, both conducted in parallel with consultation on the review of our Local Plan – the spatial plan for the borough. The first was an ‘open sheet’ consultation where we asked how people felt about key transport issues, such as motor traffic levels and the quality of public transport. We asked for feedback on our proposal for a Healthy Route Network to improve conditions for walking and cycling in the borough. Taking into account the responses we received, we then prepared our Draft Transport Strategy and in the second round of consultation we asked for views on this. We received many responses to these consultations, both from individuals and from groups and organisations. A full consultation report is available on the council’s website, with a brief summary provided here below.

To summarise the feedback you gave us:

  • Four out of five people agreed with the principle that we should encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport rather than travel by car
  • Improvements to infrastructure including better or more pavements, cycle routes and parking, electric vehicle charging points and bus lanes, were supported to encourage walking, cycling and public transport and in turn reduce car use
  • There is a strong feeling about needing to protect local streets from ‘rat running’ traffic
  • People felt that public transport is not always reliable or efficient, is often overcrowded and parts of the borough are not adequately served
  • People felt that a priority should be to enforce existing rules to reduce road danger, for example in relation to speeding and running red lights
  • There is a support for parking controls to manage the demand for parking and for alternative uses of the kerbside, such as cycle parking, to be considered
  • Most people felt that new development should be car free except for disabled parking
  • There is a high level of interest in developing better routes and links for walking and cycling in the borough.
  • At least 70% of respondents either agreed, or strongly agreed with the four Guiding Principles included in our Draft Transport Strategy.
  • A number respondents asked for more detail to be provided on how we will implement the objectives of the Strategy. The Transport Strategy Implementation Plan (TSIP) has been developed in response to this feedback.

You can view the Health Routes Consultation responses as an interactive map here

4. Equalities and Environmental Assessment

The Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan are subject to the requirement to carry out assessments to determine both environmental and equalities impacts that may result from the policies they contain. Both assessments have been used to help shape and improve the Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan prior to adoption as policy.