Brixton Liveable Neighbourhoods
Following a successful bid for TfL’s ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ funding we're proposing ideas to improve Brixton town centre and the surrounding area to encourage walking and cycling.
The Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood is a multi-million pound programme funded by Lambeth Council, The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL). This programme is about responding to the climate emergency, dealing with London's air quality crisis, trying to end injuries and deaths in London from road traffic collisions by making our streets safer and healthier places for everyone. The focus area for the project is the neighbourhoods within a ten-minute walk of Brixton Town Centre, as well as the town centre itself.
The programme will provide a combination of providing support services for local people and businesses, awareness campaigns before street changes are delivered and then changing the way streets are used to help all of us shift away from relying on polluting vehicles and using healthier alternatives instead.
Examples of supporting services include collaborating with Brixton BID, Zipcar for Business and Cross River Partnership to launch London’s first shared electric van that is free to use for local businesses in Brixton.
The conversation so far
We have completed two rounds of engagement with the local community to understand the transport challenges people face, other issues with our streets and how people feel about our ideas to improve things. We spent four weeks out and about on the street day and night, rain and shine in the Ferndale, Railton and Loughborough neighbourhoods. We have spoken personally with every single business, community and residents group, school, youth centre as well as individuals. Sixteen local young people were paid to deliver a workshop programme with local schools as well as an Instagram campaign and they did a great job! Follow the Future Brixton Instagram or subscribe for email updates to stay informed.
You can find all of the information by visiting the Commonplace website. The opportunity to comment through this round of engagement has now closed but please subscribe or follow our Instagram account and we look forward to working with you soon.
What's happening next?
In May 2020 we intend to come back and speak with the community about the town centre itself as well as other areas shown in the map below. Brixton Road (A23) is a central part of how people experience and use Brixton. The street is managed by TfL (not Lambeth Council) as part of London’s Strategic Road network. It is used so intensely by millions of people every year travelling in different ways (freight, buses, walking, cycling, general traffic) and this makes it a very complex street to improve as space is limited and there must be trade-offs that need to be carefully managed. We are working with TfL to understand how Brixton Road can work better for people walking, cycling and using public transport, and we would welcome people’s ideas.
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