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Lewisham and Lee Green Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Find out more about our Low Traffic Neighbourhood, its aims and the status of the recommendations in the Mayor and Cabinet report

The Lewisham and Lee Green Low Traffic Neighbourhood was considered by the Council’s Mayor and Cabinet in January 2022, following an extensive review that considered data including traffic counts, speed monitoring, consultation feedback and air quality monitoring, to understand how the LTN has performed against the Council’s policies and priorities, as well as those set out across London and nationally. You can read the Mayor and Cabinet report on our website.

The LTN was introduced in July 2020, and was revised in November 2020 following feedback from residents. We’re continuing to monitor traffic and air quality data within and around the LTN. 

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods aim to create safer, cleaner and greener streets by reducing through-traffic and discouraging non-essential car journeys.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods close roads to vehicular traffic at specific points, known as modal filters. In the Lewisham and Lee Green LTN, these filters are marked by physical planters or signage and camera-enforced restrictions. We're in the process of converting all remaining physical restrictions in our LTN to camera enforced restrictions.

Cyclists, emergency vehicles and waste vehicles are permitted to pass through, and Blue Badge holders living in Lewisham are able to apply for an exemption

What is the status of the recommendations agreed by Mayor and Cabinet?

There were five key proposals that were agreed by Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet in January 2022:

  1. That a permanent traffic order retaining the revised Lewisham and Lee Green LTN be published, and that the statutory processes be conducted.
  2. That the physical modal filters within the Lewisham and Lee Green LTN be converted to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera enforcement and that Lewisham blue badge holders and emergency services are exempt.
  3. Officers work with schools in the LTN area to implement traditional school streets, where schools are supportive.
  4. To continue to monitor the area using a range of indicators. This includes, but is not limited to, traffic counts, speed surveys, air quality and bus journey times.
  5. Additional complementary measures are implemented within the LTN and surrounding areas, subject to statutory processes and detailed design, including:
  • planters/trees and green spaces
  • additional electric vehicle charging points
  • additional bike hangars and cycle stands
  • additional and/or improved pedestrian crossing points
  • new benches

We are currently progressing with these key approvals and an update on each one can be seen below.

1. Permanent Traffic Orders

Traffic orders are statutory legal documents that councils use to set out parking and other on-street restrictions.

The Council has a statutory requirement to advertise permanent traffic orders for 21 days. However, we extended this period by one week – advertising for 28 days – to make sure that those who wanted to object, comment or request further information had substantial time to do so, as this period coincided with the Easter Weekend.

Objections to the traffic orders were noted and considered and recommendations presented in a decision report, which was then considered by the Director of Public Realm. Following this process, a decision was made to make the order permanent.   

2. Design of modal filters

The physical modal filters within the LTN are being converted to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera enforcements. This will help improve access for emergency services and Blue Badge holders, as well as reducing operational costs.

Subject to the statutory process, the modal filters will start to change in the summer 2022. 

Once designs have been completed, they will be available to review on this webpage.

3. School Streets

In response to the clear support for road safety measures for children outside schools, both in the feedback to the public consultation for the LTN and the consultation for school measures, it is recommended that  School Streets should be installed subject to discussions with the primary schools in the area. School Streets close streets outside schools to traffic at the start and end of the school day, making it safer and easier for children to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

The schools included in the proposals are:

  • St Winifred’s RC School
  • Trinity CofE Primary School
  • Trinity CofE Secondary School
  • Brindishe Lee School
  • Brindishe Manor School
  • St Saviour’s RC School

We are aiming to introduce School Streets in time for the new school year in September. Residents who live on School Streets are given an exemption permits to enter and exit the road if they need to when the School Street is in operation.

4. Monitoring

We’re continuing to monitor the LTN using a range of indicators, including traffic counts, speed surveys, air quality and bus journey times.  

This information will be collected and presented back to Mayor and Cabinet in Autumn 2022.

5. Complementary measures

The introduction of a new package of complementary environmental measures was approved at Mayor and Cabinet in January 2022, subject to detailed designs and discussions.

These additional measures will be introduced in and around the LTN to further support people to walk and cycle, and to create safer and greener streets.

These measures include:

  • planters/trees and green spaces
  • additional electric vehicle charging points
  • additional bike hangars and cycle stands
  • additional and/or improved pedestrian crossing points
  • new benches

You will start to see improvements being installed during the summer and further information will be added to this page as the designs are produced.

Electric vehicle charging points

We have started to identify the location of new charging points for the LTN area, based on comments made by residents and partners during the consultation period.

Along with information on areas of likely high demand, we are reviewing a site feasibility criteria that considers factors such as sufficient power distribution, minimum distances from specific utilities, and ensuring that adequate footway clearances are maintained

We are now working with third party suppliers to finalise these requirements and, subject to discussion with ward members and nearby residents, we shall be installing new charging points in August.

If you're interested in an EV charging point near your property - inside or outside the LTN - please let us know by emailing electricalvehicles@lewisham.gov.uk.

How is Lewisham's LTN performing so far?

The outcomes from monitoring, evaluation and the consultation show that:

  • the LTN has encouraged more walking and cycling
  • 39% of consultation respondents agreed that there was less traffic within the revised LTN
  • Traffic levels reduced by 69% between March 2019 and February 2021
  • Traffic levels reduced by 20% between June 2020 and February 2021

Additional green measures

The LTN is intended to work alongside other measures that will support and encourage people to walk and cycle more and contribute towards London’s improving air quality. We’re progressing measures to deliver on recommendations that were set out in the report for additional green measures and introducing active travel improvements, based on the priorities of local people, as outlined in our consultation.

In response to the clear support for road safety measures for children at school start and end times, both in the feedback to the public consultation for the LTN and the consultation for school measures, we’re progressing work to install traditional school streets subject to discussions with the primary schools in the area. We’ll be looking to introduce them within the new school year.*

We’re looking to start installing EVs and bike hangars in the summer.*

We’re continuing to investigate locations for additional trees and pedestrian crossing points.

You can find out more about the additional work we’re doing to make Lewisham greener on our website.

*Subject to detailed designs and discussions

The restrictions

You can find out what the LTN restrictions are on our website. You can also download a map outlining the restrictions

Traffic Management Order

As recommended in the Mayor and Cabinet report, we have published a permanent traffic order for the LTN to be retained. This traffic order was advertised in the local press prior to it coming into effect to allow any objections, in line with statutory requirements. 

Objections to the LTN were noted and considered by officers and included in a decision report.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more about the LTN and answers to our most commonly asked questions by downloading our FAQs