The Royal Borough of Greenwich is collaborating with the London Borough of Lewisham and is pleased to welcome the launch of their Healthy Neighbourhoods programme. In line with the Transport Strategies of the Mayor of London, and both boroughs, 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 per cent 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 Royal Borough of Greenwich is adopting a very similar approach to Lewisham's Healthy Neighbourhoods. Lewisham has split their borough into 18 areas and 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. The research shows that 60 per cent of vehicles cutting through the area are non-residential traffic.
Lewisham 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)
Following this early engagement Lewisham has prioritised this Lewisham/Lee Green Healthy Neighbourhood area for early implementation. However, the traffic related issues in this area extend across the boundary into the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in particular those roads between the A20 and A205. Hence the two boroughs are working collaboratively to tackle the issues experienced by local residents.
We need you!
Sustrans has been commissioned by Lewisham council to run engagement for residents of both boroughs, where you can also share your views on local issues using the online StreetBuilder tool. The engagement will be available to participate in until Friday 26 July 2019. 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, all the feedback received will be considered, 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 six and 18 months in order to measure their impact and gather local opinion on the changes.
How do I stay informed?
Updates will be published, following the first engagement stage that will outline the agreed proposals, to the StreetBuilder website. You can sign-up to their mailing list to be alerted when this happens.