What have we done so far?

Our Streets is the latest phase of our Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme set up to provide an opportunity for residents to tell us how we can improve streets in their neighbourhoods and help make better places to live.

The four wards under this programme are St Leonard's, Streatham South, Streatham Wells and Thornton. These wards have been selected because of road safety concerns and links to existing local projects.

We have spoken to many residents and businesses in these wards and have received lots of great improvement ideas. Please refer to the attachment below for a summary of responses the Council has received so far from the Our Streets 2016/17 resident engagement.

A minimum of £200,000 will be available to spend on each ward, which has been provided through Section 106 funding, generated by local planning applications and a sum of street improvement money which Lambeth Council has received from Transport for London.

What are we going to do?

We’ve looked through what people have told us and put some project proposals together which focus on making neighbourhoods greener and the public highway safer for drivers and pedestrians.

  • We are planting trees across a range of neighbourhood locations to help improve air quality and the street environment.

  • Working with a social enterprise called “Father Nature” we’ll be holding events within the community to install planters and raised beds in neighbourhoods

  • We aim to deliver public realm improvements and street scape de-cluttering in areas to help create cleaner and greener spaces, as well as dealing with rat running traffic.

  • A number of traffic calming, road safety and waiting restriction measures will be assessed and where feasible constructed in identified roads. New pedestrian crossings near some schools have also been added to the list of proposals.

Over the coming months we’ll be engaging closely with residents and businesses about these proposals for their neighbourhoods. A number of these will be subject to full assessment and feasibility, design and further consultation.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. St Leonard's

Background

This project is part of Streatham Our Streets; the development of a package of improvements to the St. Leonard's ward neighbourhood based on a public consultation carried out during 2015/16. We have been working with the Streatham Business Improvement District (BID) and Transport for London (TfL) to develop a series of concept designs for important locations across St Leonards ward

Over 300 residents from the ward took part. A street by street analysis of responses has been collated and forms the basis of the improvement programme. Some common themes have emerged with many respondents asking for measures to tackle speeding traffic , better street lighting and more tree planting.

Greyhound Lane

This project area is situated at the northern end of Greyhound Lane (B272) at the junction with Streatham High Road (A23) and includes the one-way northbound access road and short stay parking to the north of Greyhound Lane

The one-way road is a well-used rat-run for traffic seeking to avoid the signalised junction where Greyhound Lane meets Streatham High Road. This is particularly acute during peak hours in the morning and afternoon leading to concerns for pedestrian safety and potential conflict for vehicles exiting onto the A23.

The area is home to several businesses including the Greyhound Public house, a visually prominent and locally important building.

Loading bays are provided close by on the A23 and short term parking is provided opposite the project area on Greyhound Lane.

Objectives

The environmental improvement proposals at Greyhound Lane seek to:

  • reduce the dominance of motor traffic and car parking
  • deter rat-running traffic
  • create a cleaner greener space for residents and local businesses
  • improve the setting of the adjacent buildings
  • improve the public realm to provide direct, inclusive access for all including people accessing the bus stop

Proposals

The following two options have been prepared for consultation:

Option 1

The access road would be retained and one way access would be reversed with vehicles gaining access from the A23 and existing onto Greyhound Lane. This would eliminate rat running and improve pedestrian safety. The carriageway would be narrowed and parking reduced to provide wider footways.

The existing tree outside the Winning Post Cafe would be removed to accommodate vehicles turning into the road from the A23. New semi mature street trees would be planted to improve the microclimate.

The footways would be repaved with block pavers. The existing granite setts would be retained and re-laid within the access road and parking bay.

New public seating is proposed in the form of clusters if single armchair style seating and new cycle racks would be provided.

Option 2

This option proposes the creation of a new public space for Streatham. The new space would provide a level surface, laid out to clearly define walking routes for people traveling along Streatham High Road and those accessing the bus stop on Greyhound Lane.

The space would be designed to provide an attractive location for people to sit whilst being flexible enough to host temporary events and activities. The new public realm would be designed to encourage businesses to use their forecourts, subject to licensing, and provide an improved setting to the surrounding buildings.

The existing tree outside the Winning Post Cafe would be retained and large semi mature street trees would be planted to frame the new space and improve the microclimate.

The step-free space would be block paved and the existing granite setts would be retained and re-laid within space.

New feature public seating is proposed in the form of long timber benches and new cycle racks would be provided.

How to respond

Which option would you prefer? Provide feedback in our survey

2. Streatham Wells

In Streatham Wells, the Our Streets programme hopes to have a positive impact on some of the most used roads in the area. This is your chance to share your thoughts on the proposals:

Valley Road Scheme

On Valley Road a mix of measures are needed to reduce rat-running and congestion, discourage speeding, and create better pedestrian crossings;

  • Yellow lines at certain ‘pinch point’ locations could improve traffic flow and create more passing spaces
  • However, that would remove some parking and could speed up traffic
  • This makes safe and visible crossing points and more effective speed bumps all the more important
  • Introduce additional measures to limit rat-running on side roads too.

1. Valley Road South Oak Rd Crossing Improvements

Valley Road is busy with vehicle and pedestrian traffic but has few safe and accessible crossing points for pedestrians.

Option A
Construction of a raised asphalt table and new central refuge island in place of the existing refuge island.

This will enhance the safety and accessibility of the informal crossing point of Valley Road. Raising the level of the crossing point heightens its visibility to approaching vehicles and creates a ramp to slow approaching vehicles. The flush surface makes it easier to use for pedestrians. Maintaining the refuge in the centre also assists pedestrians by allowing them to cross the road in two legs, but central islands can be a pinch point for people on cycles.

Valley Rd/ South Oak Rd Crossing Improvements - Option A

Option B
Construction of a raised asphalt table and removal of the existing refuge island.

This includes the same enhancements for safety and accessibility for pedestrians as Option A, except the central refuge islands are removed. This will make this section of road safer for people on cycles but at the cost of the refuge function.

Valley Rd/South Oak Rd Crossing Improvements - Option B

2. Valley Rd/ Sunnyhill Rd Raised Zebra Crossing

The current raised zebra crossing on Valley Road outside Sunnyhill Primary School has a relatively low profile with minimal traffic calming effects.

Proposal
Re-grade the carriageway and surrounding footway to create a more pronounced raised table with steeper ramps.

This will improve the safety of the crossing point by causing approaching vehicles to slow down more than they currently do. Refreshed road markings will also enhance the visibility of the crossing.

Valley Rd/ Sunnyhill Rd Raised Zebra Crossing

3. Harborough Road filtered entry from Sunnyhill Road

Harborough Road suffers from traffic congestion due to the narrow road width and the presence of the school.

Proposal
Point Closure One way

Limited Permeability Closure (No entry– except cyclists) at junction of Harborough and Sunnyhill

Outcomes:

  • Vehicle traffic will not be able to enter Harborough from Sunnyhill, meaning Harborough traffic will predominantly flow (but not be restricted to) one way southbound
  • This should alleviate congestion due to bi-directional conflicts.
  • Residents can still exit at both ends.
  • Minor Inconvenience to residents wishing to enter Harborough from Sunnyhill
  • All school traffic that still wishes to use Harborough (some would avoid) for drop off/pick up would need to access from Valley Road.
  • Reduced congestion at the junction of Sunnyhill and Harborough due to vehicles no longer waiting to enter Harborough
  • Harborough (at the point closure) becomes a safer crossing point for pedestrians/students.
  • Negligible impact on surrounding road network

Harborough Road plans

4. Hill House Road filtered entry from Valley Road

Currently, vehicles use Hill House Road for ‘rat running’ taking the easy left turn south bound shortcuts from Valley Rd down to Streatham Common North.

To change this behaviour we have 2 proposals:

Proposal 1
Point Closure One way Limited Permeability Closure (No entry – except cyclists) at junction of Valley and Hill House

Outcomes:

  • Will eliminate rat running in the South East direction
  • Vehicles will still be able to exit on to Valley Road.
    *(As above) Will slightly inconvenience resident motorists turning left into Hill House from Valley (they would have to continue down turn left through the traffic lights
  • Increase demand on signalised junction at Valley/Streatham Common North potential congestion and safety implications

Hill House Proposal One

Proposal 2
Point Closure Both ways Limited Permeability Closure (No entry or exit – except cyclists) at junction of Valley and Hill House

Outcomes:

  • Will eliminate all rat running.
  • Will slightly inconvenience resident motorists turning left into Hill House from Valley (they would have to continue down turn left through the traffic lights
  • Will inconvenience resident motorists that wish to exit right on to Valley Road (they would have to do two right turns and use the lights.
  • Potential increase saturation of signalised junction

Hill House Proposal Two

Proposal 3
Point Closure One Way with Left Turn exit only Limited Permeability Closure (No entry or right turn exit– except cyclists) at junction of Valley and Hill House

Outcomes:

  • Will prevent rat running in both directions (but some vehicles are likely to disobey restriction)
  • Maintains an exit for left turning local traffic

Hill House Proposal Three

Leigham Vale Scheme

Like Valley Road, Leigham Vale needs a balance of measures to improve traffic flow and pedestrian and cycle safety, while not encouraging speeding.

5. Leigham Vale/ Hitherfield Primary School Entry Safety Improvements

The existing paving pattern and kerb layout outside the front gates of the school suggests a vehicle access way in a space which is heavily used by pedestrians/children during school ingress/egress.

Proposal
Reinforce the intended function of the space as a pedestrian area by reprioritising the layout and improving the quality of the footway.

The vehicle access function will remain but will be far less apparent in the layout of the kerbs and footway materials. Vehicles will not be visually invited to turn in to the space during times when pedestrian use is high. New uniform paving across the whole area, removal of clutter and new planters will further enhance the amenity of the space for pedestrians.

Leigham Vale/ Hitherfield Primary School entry safety improvement

6. Leigham Vale Traffic Calming Measures

The existing speed cushions in Leigham Vale are relatively ineffective at reducing vehicle speeds. Additionally, there are traffic conflict, congestion and visibility issues related to the narrow road widths and parked cars. These issues create a road environment that is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Proposal
Replace all speed cushions on Leigham Vale with sinusoidal speed humps which are more effective at reducing vehicles speeds.

Introduce formal waiting restrictions, in the form of double yellow lines, at junctions and pinch points. Visibility between pedestrians and vehicles will be improved at key informal crossing points. There will also be less conflicts between opposing vehicles, reducing congestion and improving driving behaviour. This will result in fewer parking spaces.

Leigham Vale Traffic Calming Measures

7. Russell’s Footpath Improvements

Pedestrian traffic using the Russell’s footpath walking route currently have no safe or obvious crossing point at Madeira road. The footpath has had new LED lighting, but still attracts some incidents of anti-social behaviour. Two separate measures are proposed:

Proposal 1
Construction of a footway build-out on the Southern side of Madeira Road to create an informal crossing point and increase awareness of the Russell’s Footpath walking route.

The road crossing distance is decreased and pedestrians crossing from the South side can safely advance to point where they have better visibility of approaching vehicles.

Some parking is removed to allow space for the build-out and further increase visibility for pedestrians and vehicles. The surrounding footway around the build out and signage will also be renewed to further improve the attractiveness of the walking route.

Proposal 2
Demolition of the wall at the top of the stairwell, where Russell’s Footpath joins the High Street, subject to agreement from TfL who own the wall. Replacing the wall with a railing to allow more visibility and natural surveillance of the footpath.

Madeira Rd/Russell’s Footpath Crossing Improvements

8. Leigham Avenue

A number of measures are being examined to declutter the pavements and improve the public space, especially at the top at the junction with Leigham Court Road / Conifer Gardens. Plans will be presented to local residents in the coming months.

Other Traffic Calming Measures

It is proposed to improve traffic calming measures in Gleneldon Road, Gracefield Gardens and Pendennis Road in Streatham Wells ward to reduce the speed of motor vehicles and deter rat running traffic.

The proposals include the removal of the existing speed cushions, as such cushions often have limited impact on slowing down traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The cushions will be replaced with new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. These humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists.

Waiting restrictions (Yellow Lines)

It is proposed to introduce waiting restrictions (double yellow lines) in 50 separate locations in the Streatham Wells Ward.

The majority of the waiting restrictions interventions will be located at the junction of two or more roads. Parking on or close to junction poses a hazard to all road users.

Waiting restrictions help to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians and to provide clear access for all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, pushchair and wheelchair users.

Formal statutory consultation will take place with neighbours where new Yellow Lines are proposed in the coming months.

Trees and Planters

Measures to green the local environment have already started, after resident suggestions for tree planting and planter boxes in some of the worst fly-tipping hotspots. See the separate sections on ‘trees’ and ‘Father Nature’ for more information.

How can I comment on these plans?

Please complete this survey

3. Thornton

Background

The following projects are part of the Our Streets programme; the development of a package of measures to improve the streets in Thornton Ward.

Over the last year, the council has undertaken a considerable amount of work to try to understand local priorities for local people. Various methods of communication have been used including the distribution of postcards to residents asking how the local area can be improved, public meetings and ongoing correspondence via emails, letters and petitions. We are grateful to everybody who has taken part in this process but, if you haven’t, it’s not too late to get involved and tell us what you think.

The information collected to date from this engagement has been collated and we have worked closely with your local Ward Councillors to respond to the issues raised and develop a package of improvements.

Some common themes have emerged with many respondents asking for measures to tackle speeding traffic, improve highway safety and increase tree planting. The council shares this vision to improve safety on our streets, encourage walking and cycling for all and increase greening. The following measures are proposed for your local area, and we would like to know your views. In addition, further details regarding proposals for planters and trees across the area will be available in coming weeks:

Thornton Road Crossing Improvements

This project area is situated on Thornton Road, between the junctions with Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road. This section of Thornton Road does not currently benefit from a pedestrian crossing facility, so pedestrians have to cross two lanes of traffic. This is a popular route for parents and school children attending the various schools in the area.

Objectives
The proposals on Thornton Road seek to:

  • Provide a safe crossing facility for pedestrians crossing Thornton Road
  • reduce vehicle speeds on this section of Thornton Road to make the road safer for all road users
  • improve crossing conditions for pedestrians crossing Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road within the vicinity of Thornton Road

Proposals
The following two options have been prepared for consultation;

Option A

This option involves introducing a raised table on Thornton Road that covers the junctions of Hydethorpe Road and Parkthorne Road. This will help slow traffic and also send a message to drivers that they are entering a low-speed environment. The raised table will be elevated to the same level as the surrounding footways.

On the raised table there will be a new 3 metre wide pedestrian refuge island that will enable pedestrians to cross Thornton Road in two stages. The section of carriageway in the location where people will cross will be marked with a contrasting material colour.

To make space for the refuge island and ensure that adequate visibility is available for crossing pedestrians it will be necessary to remove 11 vehicle parking spaces on Thornton Road - 8 standard spaces and 3 disabled spaces - as well as 2 spaces on Hydethorpe Road and 2 spaces on Parkthorne Road.

The removal of grass verge areas will be kept to a minimum.

Thornton Road Design Option A

Option B

This option also includes a 3 metre wide pedestrian refuge island that will enable pedestrians to cross Thornton Road in two stages. The section of carriageway in the location where people will cross will be marked with a contrasting material colour.

The main difference from Option A is the provision of 2 speed humps to slow traffic either side of the pedestrian refuge island, rather than the provision of a raised table.

To make space for the refuge island and ensure that adequate visibility is available for pedestrians it will be necessary to remove 11 vehicle parking spaces on Thornton Road (8 standard spaces and 3 disabled spaces). No parking loss will be required on Hydethorpe Road or Parkthorne Road.

The removal of grass verge areas will be kept to a minimum.

Thornton Road Design Option B

Thornton Road - Wider Traffic Calming Proposals

The section of Thornton Road, between Atkins Road and Kings Avenue, currently contains 4 sets of speed cushions. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing vehicular traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the removal of the existing speed cushions and the provision of new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

The new speed humps will be complementary to the Thornton Road crossing proposals.

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Thornton Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road Junction Improvements

The Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road junction (south side) has previously been subject to change to facilitate bus movements. However, the junction is very wide and crossing can be challenging, particularly during busy periods. The proposals involve building out the footway on Radbourne Road and Hydethorpe Road to increase space for pedestrians and reduce the crossing width.

The proposals are intended to improve overall conditions for pedestrians and the narrower junction arrangements should help reduce vehicle speeds when turning.

Parking will not be impacted by the proposals.

Radbourne Road / Hydethorpe Road Junction Improvements

Hydethorpe Road - Traffic Calming Proposals

Hydethorpe Road currently contains 2 sets of speed cushions, within close proximity to the junction with Radbourne Road. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing down traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the replacement of these cushions with new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

In addition, 3 new speed humps are proposed between the junctions of Haverhill Road and Radbourne Road

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Hydethorpe Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

Emmanuel Road Crossing Improvements

The proposal involves the provision of a new pedestrian crossing facility on Emmanuel Road, directly to the east of the junction with Glenfield Road, to provide a safer route to an existing Common footpath.

The proposal involves minor narrowing to the carriageway on Emmanuel Road to reduce crossing distances and the provision of a small raised table with crossing points, providing increased priority for pedestrians.

To create the space for the crossing it will be necessary to remove 2 vehicle parking spaces on Emmanuel Road.

Emmanuel Road Crossing Improvements

Emmanuel Road - Wider Traffic Calming Proposals

Emmanuel Road currently contains 7 sets of speed cushions. Such cushions often have limited impact on slowing down traffic and can encourage drivers to adjust their position in the road to minimise the impact of the cushions on a vehicle. This can have safety implications for all road users.

The proposals include the removal of the existing speed cushions and the provision of new cycle friendly (sinusodial) speed humps. Such humps are similar to traditional round top speed humps, but the initial rise is shallower, providing a more comfortable ride for cyclists. Speed humps cover the full extent of the road.

The new speed humps will be complementary to the Emmanuel Road crossing proposals.

Parking will not be impacted by the traffic calming proposals.

Emmanuel Road – Wider Traffic Calming Proposals Design

How to respond

Provide feedback in our survey

4. Streatham South

Safer journeys to schools

Thank you to all the residents and businesses who took part in the earlier Our Streets consultation for your valued feedback. Pedestrian safety was a key theme in the responses we received and we’ve come up with some schemes to improve safety for pedestrians, in particular school aged children, who walk to school.

Journey to Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School

Buckleigh Road Improvements to the Buckleigh Road - Northanger Road junction to assist pedestrian movement when crossing.

Kempshott Road Improvements to the Kempshott Rd - Buckleigh Rd junction to assist pedestrian movement when crossing Kempshott Road.

Journey to Woodmansterne Primary School

Woodmansterne Road

This scheme aims to improve pedestrian movement when crossing Woodmansterne Road at the Hawkhurst Road junction.

To Take Part

Let us know what you think by completing our online survey which will run between 19th June 2017 – 09th July 2017. As always, there's a balance between ensuring we are making the changes you want to see, and limiting any adverse impacts that may occur due to any planned works.

Glencairn and Hepworth Road One-way trial

Thanks to the feedback we’ve had from residents and businesses in your area during the Our Streets communications. One of the key issues raised by the community was the concern about rat running in the Streatham South area. Residents had requested that we investigate the possibility of converting a number of existing roads to one-way operation as a means to combat this issue.

Scheme

This scheme aims to implement one-way operations on Glencairn and Hepworth Road to reduce the rat running occurring in the area.

We have developed four possible options for the implementation of one-way operations in Glencairn and Hepworth Road and we would like your feedback to determine which option to proceed with.

Once the community has decided its preferred option, we aim to implement the scheme as a trial for a period of 12 months. We will monitor the scheme and work with the community to make a determination on whether or not to make the arrangement permanent.

To Take Part

Let us know what you think by completing our online survey which will run between 19th June 2017 – 09th July 2017. As always, there's a balance between ensuring we are making the changes you want to see, and limiting any adverse impacts that may occur due to any planned works.

5. Tree planting

We are proposing to plant more than 150 trees across a range of neighbourhood locations identified by residents to help improve air quality and the street environment.

We have received lots of suggestions for tree planting in the ‘Our Streets’ wards, so plans are now under way to prepare for the planting process to be delivered between now and April 2017.

If planting is proposed in your street you will shortly receive a consultation letter, so please look out for this because it will provide information about the process and how you can give us your feedback.

The trees we plant will be appropriate for the location and final planting will be subject to the outcome of a Tree Officer’s survey.

Trees benefit local communities in many ways:

  • Tree lined avenues have a positive effect on people as they are pleasing to the eye, providing a greener and more beautiful environment.
  • Provide homes for wildlife (especially in our built up areas)
  • Reduce noise impact from traffic by acting as a sound barrier
  • Absorb pollution such as that produced from car exhausts. They filter this pollution maintaining the quality of the air we breathe. By assisting with the world carbon balance they counteract the effects of global warming.

6. Father Nature

We are working with the Lambeth based social enterprise Father Nature to hold events within the community to install planters and raised beds in neighbourhoods across the Our Streets wards, bringing residents together as they work side by side to deliver and look after these planters and beds.

Father Nature are will begin the meet and greet process to gain local input and involvement to deliver lots of planting projects, so look out for posters around your neighbourhood inviting you to get involved in this fun way of improving the look and feel of your neighbourhood. The projects will be delivered between now and April 2017.

The planters will enhance the neighbourhood by adding greenery and areas for community growing, and will also discourage the anti-social behaviour of dumping rubbish as they’ll occupy space that offenders might use for fly tipping.

7. Contact us

More details on list of final projects and locations will be published here as we take them forward.

For further information on the Our Streets Programme please email Ourstreets@lambeth.gov.uk.