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This page was last updated on Thursday, 23 July 2020.

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Below delivered and proposed measures are listed. There is also a timeline of events.


Cycleway Improvements

LTNs and Modal Filters

  • Rye Lane – Modal filters installed along Rye Lane so there is only access for people walking and cycling. Implemented 6 July.
  • Walworth Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – This LTN is being rolled out bit by bit. So far filters on Amelia Street, Cooks Road, Alberta Street, Browning Street, Merrow Street, and signage at Carter Street have been implemented. Carter Street will be a bus gate, but currently only signage is up. Announced 5 June. Implemented from 1 July.
  • Melbourne Grove – Modal filter between Tell Grove and Ashbourne Grove. Announced 5 June. Implemented 30 June. Commonplace consultation.
  • Dulwich Village – Modal filter at junction of Dulwich Village/Calton Avenue/Court Lane. Announced 5 June. Implemented 29 June. Commonplace consultation.
  • Champion Hill – This is an existing one way no entry restriction for motor vehicles installed as an experimental measure in 2019. It was included with the initial measures Southwark Council announced. Due to Covid-19 the trial has been extended. Here is further information on this project from the consultation earlier this year.

School Streets

  • Bird in Bush Road – Modal filters outside Camelot Primary School. Announced 5 June. Implemented 3 July.
  • Comber Grove – Modal filters outside Comber Grove Primary School. Announced 5 June. Implemented 30 June.
  • Whorlton Road – Modal filters outside Rye Oak Primary School. Announced 5 June. Implemented 30 June.

Pedestrian Improvements

The council has installed temporary barriers to widen pavements in the following locations:

  • Great Suffolk Street – Pavement widened near Southwark Bridge Road.
  • Bermondsey Street – Pavements have been widened in multiple locations on Bermondsey Street. There are also plans to place a modal filter to remove cut through motor traffic as well as adding a cycling contraflow for the north part of the street.
  • Bedale Street – Pavement widened.
  • Stoney Street – Pavement widened.
  • Park Street – Pavement widened.
  • Lavington Street – Pavement widened. Per the council plan traffic was to be made 1-way but this has not been done as of 13 July.
  • Lordship Lane – Between Hansler Rd and Bawdale Rd. 29 June
  • Borough High Street, Southwark Street, St Thomas Street – TfL has widened pavements near London Bridge and Borough Market. 16 May
  • Rye Lane – In front of Peckham Rye Station. 1 May. Removed since Rye Lane has been filtered from motor traffic.
  • Macleod Street – To provide queueing space at the Walworth Iceland. 1 May


Cycleway Improvements

  • Cycle Superhighway 7 upgrade – CS7 will be given light segregation. The first bits of this have been installed. Announced 5 June.
  • Cycle contraflows in Peckham between Rye Lane and Bellenden Road. Announced 5 June.
  • Tanner Street to Willow Walk cycle route – Modal filter on Gedling Place, upgrade cycle crossings on Abbey Street and Grange Road to parallel crossings. Announced as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan.
  • Rotherhithe to Peckham cycle route – Acceleration of measures. Announced as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan.
  • Peckham Rye East Side – Convert road to buses and cycles only north of Nunhead Lane. We don’t know how far north this will extend yet.

LTNs and Modal Filters

  • Walworth LTNs – Low traffic neighbourhoods on both sides of Walworth Rd between Kennington Park Road and Brandon/Portland Street. Includes 14 modal filters and pavement widening near Kennington Station.  Some filters have already been implemented. Announced 5 June.
  • Dulwich LTN Phase 2 – The rest of the Dulwich low traffic neighbourhood. Our guess is that this will be similar to the Our Healthy Streets Dulwich Phase 3 plans. Announced as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan.
  • Great Suffolk Street / Southwark Bridge Road LTN – Details have not been announced, but proposed interventions will improve cycling and walkability of the area bound by Southwark Street to the north and Webber Street to the south. Announced as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan.
  • Grove Hill Road Cycles Only – Convert signal aspects on Grove Hill Road phase to cycles only to reduce through traffic which is beside Dog Kennel Hill Primary School and enhance cycleway 17. Announced as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan.
  • Bermondsey Street – Road closure on Bermondsey Street that redirects traffic and creates a permeable closure between Whites Grounds and Tanner Street. Provide cycle contraflow on Snowsfields and in the northern section of Bermondsey. Trial bagging over signals at the Bermondsey Street / St Thomas Street / Crucifix Lane and converting to raised, give way junction.
  • East Dulwich/Melbourne Grove North LTN – Low traffic neighbourhood eliminating the cut through between Grove Vale and East Dulwich Grove. Will most likely include filters on Melbourne Grove, Derwent Grove, Elsie Road and possibly Tintagel Crescent.

School Streets

  • Full time (not timed) closures using modal filters at Comber Grove Primary, Goodrich Community Primary, Rye Oak Primary, and Camelot Primary. Announced 5 June.
  • Alleyns School – This was only in the bid document to the Southwark Streetspace plan. Unknown if it’s Townley, Green Dale, or Hillsboro Road. Will most likely tie into Dulwich Phase 2.
  • The Charter School – School street, part of the Department for Transport (DfT) bid. This will be part of the East Dulwich/Melbourne Grove North LTN.
  • Goose Green Primary School – This is a current school street, but Southwark is trying to reduce timed closure school streets  due to Covid-19. It was also part of the DfT bid. This will be part of the East Dulwich/Melbourne Grove North LTN.
  • In the Southwark Streetspace plan the council has announced they will assess the remaining schools in the borough for permeable closure options (approx 20 per month for 3 months). Schools will receive one of the following measures:
    • At any time closures – Where feasible introduce at any time closures around school gates to help assist with social distancing and encourage active travel.
    • Footway widening – Where at any time closures are not possible, introduce footway widenings around schools to assist with social distancing.
    • Timed closures – Where the above are not possible work, with schools to help them manage the surrounding streets to provide more space at peak times.

Pedestrian Improvements

  • Consort Rd – Zebra crossing on Consort Road to link Cossal Estate to Rye Lane and improve conditions and safety at this junction.

The following measures were announced on 7 July as part of the Southwark Streetspace plan. They will be going to cabinet for approval on 14 July. These are listed as to be installed in June, and some are listed in the Delivered section above. The below have not yet been implemented.

  • Elephant Road – Extending footways to accommodate social distancing.
  • Walworth Road – Suspend parking bays to extend footways to accommodate social distancing.
  • Mermaid Court – Pedestrianise Mermaid Court from Borough High Street to 1 Mermaid Court to provide wider footways for pedestrian use.


Latest updates are at the top.

  • 7 July – Southwark Streetspace plan published with additional measures. Must be approved at cabinet meeting on 14 July. See item 14 on the agenda.
  • 29 June – First filters in place at the Dulwich Village Junction.
  • 15 June – Cabinet member approves the 5 June announcement. Installation should begin week of the 22nd.
  • 5 June – Southwark Council announces Covid-19 post lockdown highway schemes. We have outlined this in a blog post.
  • 16 May – Temporary pavement widening on Borough High Street, Southwark Street, and St Thomas Street by TfL.
  • 15 May – Southwark Commonplace map launched.
  • 11 May – Southwark transport respond to Covid-19 announced. This sets forth to make it easier to walk and cycle, discourage driving and accelerate their highways programme along with a map for residents to give intervention suggestions.
  • 1 May – Temporary pavement widening on Rye Lane and Macleod Street.