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Lewisham and Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhood – Community led traffic reduction update and COVID-19 implications
By german | Jun 24th 2020, 3:52pm

Dear Resident/Business, 

Since Lewisham Council last wrote to you in January 2020 officers had been working with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that the proposed Lewisham and Lee Green HN trial was acceptable to them. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on people’s daily lives and how they travel.  This has an impact on the HN programme, and so we are writing to you with an update. This letter is being sent to all households and businesses within the HN area and those households and businesses outside of the area who we have written to previously. 

In order to protect public health and safety, local authorities across London, the UK, and indeed cities all over the world, have shifted their priorities to respond to the immediate challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses. The Council has reviewed central government and TfL guidance to make sure that we develop transport measures that are in accordance with this.

What is the latest transport guidance from central government and TfL for the Covid-19 pandemic?

With restrictions already easing, London’s transport network faces one of the biggest challenges in its history. The requirement for people to continue social distancing and stay 2 metres apart will leave just 13-15% of normal capacity on TfL’s bus and tube networks. TfL is urging people to change how they travel for any essential trips, by walking and cycling where possible. People are also being encouraged to shop locally and use local recreational facilities which are easier to reach on foot or by bike.  Local authorities are being asked to act urgently to create favourable conditions for walking and cycling for those that are able to do so, allowing people to safely maintain social distancing guidelines, which will also ease pressure on the transport networks. Links to the latest guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities/traffic-management-act-2004-network-management-in-response-to-covid-19 and  http://content.tfl.gov.uk/lsp-interim-borough-guidance-main-doc.pdf 

What is the LB Lewisham’s response to this guidance?

LB Lewisham is currently developing a Covid-19 transport response which you can read more about at www.lewisham.gov.uk/walkandcyclecovid19. Within this response we will be urgently rolling out measures such as creating more pedestrian space, pop-up cycle lanes, school streets, modal filters to restrict through traffic and cycle parking facilities. 

How has the Lewisham & Lee Green HN programme been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic? 

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic boroughs have had the majority of their 2020/21 transport funding removed as TfL are currently under severe financial strain. This means there is currently no funding available for the HN programme in Lewisham and Lee Green. However, moving forward TfL are now funding transport projects that help facilitate safe walking and cycling via their Streetspace for London Plan, which has been developed as part of the Covid-19 transport recovery. TfL has advised that they intend to allocate funding for projects that fall within three different areas:

  1. Quickly building a strategic cycling network, using temporary materials and including new routes, to help reduce overcrowding on the tube and trains and on busy routes;
  2. Changing town centres so local journeys can be safely walked and cycled where possible, for example with wider pedestrian areas on high streets to give space for queues outside shops as people safely walk past while socially distancing;
  3. Reducing traffic on residential streets right across London, through the introduction of measures such as ‘modal filters’ so more people can walk and cycle, whilst maintaining social distancing, as part of their daily routine. Modal filters close roads to the majority of motorised through traffic at specific points, whilst still allowing pedestrians and cyclists to pass. 

In light of TfL’s and the Department for Transport’s guidance we have taken the decision to deliver a package of temporary measures in Lewisham & Lee Green, subject to TfL funding approval (see attached plan). These measures will be implemented using a temporary traffic order as we seek to protect public health and address safety concerns. TfL has indicated that boroughs will not be required to undertake detailed traffic modelling on the plans, due to the speed of roll out required to protect public health and safety and also the uncertainty around what future traffic levels might be.

As there is limited funding available to implement such projects across London the measures developed will focus on the areas outlined above.  This means that improvements that were planned as part of the HN project, such as additional trees, benches and cycle parking will not be delivered at present. 

Why are we implementing this scheme?

We have reviewed each of the modal filter locations against the available evidence, including footway widths and traffic volumes. We consider each one of them to be warranted on safety grounds, to help facilitate social distancing for those walking and cycling. In addition, this area has a high potential for journey’s to be switched to cycling, based on TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis.

The Lewisham and Lee Green HN cell was originally prioritised based on a thorough review of data and local support for action. The community has already provided valuable input into the locations of the modal filters, and the above approach allows us to monitor the scheme and also potentially add filters to neighbouring areas, as appropriate. Subject to a review of data and feedback received during this period, the scheme could then be continued via an experimental traffic order, with ongoing evaluation as traffic levels return to a ‘new normal’.

Is the Lee Gate Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) consultation still taking place?

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the council had paused all other transport and parking public consultations.  However, this is currently under review, and the Lee Gate CPZ consultation will be a priority once it is considered appropriate to undertake consultations again. 

What happens next?

When we wrote to you in January 2020 we said a letter drop to residents would be done at least a month before the trial starts, outlining the final proposals and the start date.  Clearly the situation we now find ourselves is very different and there is a need to implement measures as a matter of urgency to protect public health and safety and therefore we unable to adhere to these timescales. The scheme will now be implemented from the week commencing 29th June 2020.

In addition, due to social distancing requirements the borough is unable to hold any drop in events before the scheme is installed. However, there will be a dedicated project page for each location on our digital platform at https://lewishamcovidtransport.commonplace.is/ ,including a list of frequently asked questions, which will enable you to provide feedback – please sign up to ensure you are kept up to date with proposals. There will also be advanced warning notices and signage placed on affected streets. 

If you don’t have access to the internet please write to us at Highways and Transport, 5th Floor Laurence House, Catford, SE6 4RU, and we will do our best to respond.  Please ensure that the envelope is clearly marked with ‘Lewisham and Lee Green HNP – community led traffic reduction’. 

How do I stay informed?

Visit project website at https://lewishamcovidtransport.commonplace.is/

Visit Council project website at www.lewisham.gov.uk/walkandcyclecovid19


Yours sincerely,

Kevin Sheehan

Executive Director for Housing, Regeneration and Environment

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Lewisham and Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhood – Community led traffic reduction update
By streetbuilder admin | Jan 15th 2020, 8:09am
The London Borough of Lewisham wants to make our community greener, healthier, and a more attractive place to live, and work. One key target is for 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable modes of transport (including walking, cycling and public transport) by 2041. To achieve this, we want to reduce traffic cutting through the Lewisham and Lee Green area and improve conditions for pedestrians and people on bikes. 

We are writing to you with an update on the programme for the clarity of all residents. In addition we have organised a further public drop-in event on 6th February, 1-8pm, Good Sheppard Church Hall, Handen Road, SE12 8NR where you can discuss the emerging proposals with officers.

Public consultation 

We wrote to 9,000 households, to provide background information on the programme objectives and to invite you to a number of events so that you could tell us about the transport issues that concern you. These events were run by our community engagement specialists Sustrans. We had a positive response to this letter drop, with over 1,500 unique visitors to our website and over 100 people came down to the four workshop events at Manor House Library, held between 5 June and 6 July 2019. 

What issues and solutions were raised during community engagement? 

The biggest issues that people raised were the amount of traffic using local residential roads to avoid nearby main roads, as well as the resultant pollution from motor vehicles. Residents identified better pedestrian crossings, more tree planting, more cycle provision and closing roads to through traffic as desirable solutions to the issues raised. You can read the community engagement reports on the dedicated Lewisham & Lee green page listed below.

What are the emerging proposals?

The Council has developed a DRAFT scheme that it considers tackles many of the issues that were raised during the engagement outlined above (see DRAFT Version 11 plan attached to this letter). This has been uploaded onto our website, the evolving proposals have been discussed by a working group of residents that was set up at the beginning of the process, and at Local Assembly meetings, Local Members have been door knocking with residents, and we have received many emails. The feedback from this further phase of resident engagement has meant that the scheme has been continually evolving over the last few months, as we take on board some of the useful suggestions that have been raised. 

What happens next?

Now that we have gauged the community’s aspirations and concerns for the area, we are carrying out some work with Transport for London, to understand the likely traffic impact of the scheme. 
                                                                                                                                            
Once we have a preferred scheme that we consider is feasible we will write to you again before launching a six month trail.   If the trial is deemed to be successful the borough would then install complementary measures such as new pedestrian crossings, cycle routes, more green spaces, seating areas and cycle parking in consultation with the local community. 

Further communications before the trial commences

There is not yet a start date for the trial as the above work to understand traffic impacts and identify any appropriate mitigation measures can be complex. Once this date is known, along with the final proposals, this will be shared more widely in:
  • A further letter drop to residents, at least a month before the trial starts
  • a public drop-in session exhibiting the latest proposals, a week after the letter drop
  • 3 weeks before the trial launch date there will be on-street signing to inform motorists of the scheme and relevant contact information
How will the Council formally consult on the proposals?

A formal consultation process will start during the trial which will include the following:
  • Officers will be stewarding key locations in the first week of the trial to answer public enquiries 
  • An email address will be available for people to let us know their initial views of the trial scheme and raise any urgent matters that need addressing
  • A public drop-in session will be organised for half way through the trial
  • A dedicated webpage and consultation questionnaire will then be launched, seeking final views on the scheme, including the proposed complementary measures
Responses from the consultation will be analysed, and a proposed way forward taken to Mayor & Cabinet for decision. 

How do I stay informed?

• Find out more about the project at www.lewisham.gov.uk/HealthyNeighbourhoods 
• Stay informed by signing up to the mailing list on www.streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleegreen 
• or get in touch via [email protected]
 
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Apply for a bike hangar in on your street!
By streetbuilder admin | Nov 22nd 2019, 1:09pm
The London Borough of Lewisham has successfully won £224k from the TfL Cycle Parking fund. As part of the bid we have prioritised the Phase 1 Healthy Neighbourhood cells (Lewisham & Lee Green and East Sydenham) and the Deptford Parks Liveable Neighbourhood area.

There are 64 bike hangars available between the 3 areas and you can apply for a space in one via an online form here.

LB Lewisham will be shortlisting streets in December and looking to install the bike hangars in Spring 2020.

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points

Additionally, LB Lewisham are installing EV charging points in the borough in December 2019. If you are interested in applying for an EV charging point on your road please apply via this link.

LB Lewisham cannot guarantee that all requests will be approved due to popular demand and we will only be able to contact successful applicants. The scheme will be run on a demand basis.
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Read the Healthy Neighbourhoods engagement reports
By streetbuilder admin | Nov 22nd 2019, 10:12am
Sustrans and The Future Fox supported the London Borough of Lewisham in running the Lewisham & Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhoods engagement. Sustrans reported on overall engagement and community feedback, and The Future Fox reported results of the digital engagement.

From May to October 2019 the London Borough of Lewisham, in partnership with Sustrans and The Future Fox, engaged with local community in Lewisham and Lee Green to help further understand local traffic related issues and identify schemes to address them. The engagement was divided into two phases:

· Discover – identifying the traffic related issues faced by residents in Lewisham and Lee Green
· Co-design – identifying schemes to address the issues faced

Discover

An area wide mailout was sent to 8785 households, including information about the Healthy Neighbourhood programme and a link inviting residents to complete an online survey using The FutureFox’s StreetBuilder tool.

To ensure a wide range of views from the local community were captured, Sustrans held two scheduled drop-in sessions at Manor Park Library and pop-up events at St. Winifred’s Primary School and Manor Park Gardens Festival. This was an opportunity for residents to come and talk to us about the Healthy Neighbourhood programme, give us insight into their traffic related issues and promote the StreetBuilder tool. Additionally we used social media, on-street posters and spoke at the Lee Green assembly to promote the Healthy Neighbourhood programme.

797 members of the public responded on StreetBuilder, which found that the most significant issue in the area was cars cutting through residential streets (rat-running). For more detailed results from the engagement refer to the Lewisham and Lee Green engagement report.

Co-design

Two public co-design workshops were held at Manor Park Library, which were attended by over 100 residents. At the workshops we shared findings from the Discover phase of StreetBuilder with the community and gave the opportunity for participants to explore solutions to the issues that were identified with a Sustrans Engineer and Urban Designer. This was done through a range of interactive activities and facilitated discussions.

Residents were also able to participate in exploring solutions online using StreetBuilder. 271 responses were received that rated possible solutions to the issues in the area.

Please download the report here
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Draft trial location map
By streetbuilder admin | Nov 13th 2019, 11:14am
The featured draft trial location map has been drawn up following extensive community and stakeholder engagement carried out in June/July 2019. It is important to note that this a draft plan and may not be the final version.
 

Tap or click on the map to zoom in
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Lewisham and Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhood – Community led traffic reduction
By streetbuilder | Jun 3rd 2019, 8:54am

The London Borough of Lewisham is pleased to announce the launch of their Healthy Neighbourhoods programme. In line with the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Lewisham’s (LBL) Transport Strategy we want to make our diverse communities greener, healthier, and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.

A key target is for 80% of all journeys in London to be made by sustainable modes of transport (including walking, cycling and public transport) by 2041. To achieve this, we want to reduce traffic cutting through the Lewisham and Lee Green area and improve conditions for pedestrians and people on bikes.

What are Healthy Neighbourhoods?

The borough has been split into 18 areas and we will be working on approximately two areas per year. Each area has been prioritised by assessing data on traffic movements, rat runs, personal injury collisions, air quality, and levels of obesity and deprivation. Our research shows that 60% of vehicles cutting through the area are non-residential traffic and roads such as Fernbrook Road, Leahurst Road and Manor Park Road see the highest levels of vehicles.

Additionally we conducted borough wide engagement using Commonplace in 2018 to gauge local opinion on streets and traffic to inform the process. In Lewisham and Lee Green, the three most common comments made relating to the area were;

• It is not pedestrian friendly
• Traffic is too fast
• Cars cut through residential streets (rat-running)

We need you!

Sustrans have been commissioned by LBL to run a series of community pop-ups and co-design workshops to hear your views and help develop the best possible designs for your area. Throughout this stage residents can also share their views on local issues using the online StreetBuilder tool that can be found at the following address;

www.streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleegreen

Come to one of our drop-in sessions to find out more and share your views on the following dates;

• Wednesday 5 June from 4-6:30pm at Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY
• Saturday 8 June from 1-4pm, Outside Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY

Following this, you are invited to take part in one of our public co-design workshops where you will be able to explore the issues raised and develop potential solutions with a team of engineers and urban designers.

Come to one of our co-design sessions on either of the following dates;

• Thursday 27 June from 3-6:30pm, Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY
• Saturday 6 July from 1-4pm, Outside Manor House Library, 34 Old Street, SE13 5SY

You can continue to share issues, and develop ideas for solutions via StreetBuilder throughout the process.

What happens next?

At the end of this first engagement stage, we will consider all the feedback received, and this will result in a proposed package of work being put forward for the area, consisting of a number of traffic management schemes that address through traffic, alongside a set of complementary measures. These proposals will be shared via StreetBuilder, social media, and mailouts. These measures will then be trialled and monitored through a temporary traffic order for between 6 and 18 months in order to measure their impact and gather local opinion on the changes.

How do I stay informed?

• Find out more about the project at www.lewisham.gov.uk/HealthyNeighbourhoods
• Stay informed by signing up to the mailing list on www.streetbuilder.io/lewishamandleegreen
• or get in touch via [email protected]

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