Modal filters

Modal filters create a low traffic environment by restricting access to through-traffic but allowing walking and cycling on individual streets or areas, and planters or bollards are often used to block traffic from entering. These roads are still accessible by car, but through-traffic in residential areas is reduced. The image shows an example of what a modal filter looks like.

Example of a modal filter

We plan to use modal filters in the borough to create quiet routes which enable active travel and help improve local air quality.

We are developing proposals for modal filters to be used in:

West Greenwich Low Traffic Neighbourhood

A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) has been on trial in West Greenwich since August 2020 to try to reduce traffic, improve air quality and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.

The Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability & Transport has taken the decision to approve the removal of the West Greenwich LTN and consider options for an alternative LTN traffic scheme for West Greenwich by authorising Council officers to begin developing an alternative scheme in consultation with the Cabinet Member.

Monitoring data and feedback from local residents has raised concerns regarding the impact of transferring local traffic to other areas and the issues identified in the EQIA including how it could affect people with disabilities. Any future proposals will be subject to further consultation with local residents.

Restrictions that were in place before the experimental LTN will shortly come into force again when works to remove the current traffic measures are complete, including HGV restrictions and reinstatement of the one-way restrictions.

Decision Report

Consultation (closed)

Councillors' statement

Westcombe Park and Maze Hill Area Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport has taken the decision not to implement the scheme as outlined in the consultation. The Cabinet Member’s decision is still subject to call-in* and it will not take effect until 4 February 2022. 

The Council had consulted on proposals to introduce closures to stop cars from taking shortcuts through residential roads at strategic locations along the railway line - Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill, Halstow Road, Westcombe Hill. 

The majority of respondents within the area had disagreed or strongly disagreed with the proposals.  

The Council will now explore the scope for alternative traffic calming measures on Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill and Westcombe Hill instead, to address specific issues on those roads identified during the consultation, including HGV traffic. 

Following feedback from some residents, improvements have been made in Vanbrugh Hill: extra regulatory signs, warning signs and road markings to deter overtaking, as well as an increased amount of 20mph warning signs/road markings to reinforce the speed limit.  

We are also exploring the option to provide a formal pedestrian crossing in Vanbrugh Hill, to provide a safe crossing point for people walking - as well as reducing the speed of vehicles.  

We have already been improving pavements to make it easier for disabled people and buggy users to get around by installing tactile crossings, removing unnecessary street clutter and narrowing junctions to slow drivers down.  

Decision Report 

Consultation (closed)

* Please note, the decision is currently subject to the 'call-in' process. Councillors have four days in which to request that a decision is reconsidered and the decision will not take effect until the fifth day after publication. 

Woolwich Area one-way system

Last year the Council consulted on proposals for a one-way system in Woolwich to stop people from taking shortcuts through residential roads by making part of Sandy Hill Road one way from the junction with Crescent Road to the junction with Brookhill Road.     

We have been listening to your feedback during the course of the consultation and having considered all of that feedback alongside other information we have collected, the following decision has been made.   

The Director of Communities, Environment and Central has taken the decision to proceed with the implementation of the proposals as consulted on, without amendments.    

The Director’s decision is subject to call-in (councillors have four days in which to request that a decision is reconsidered) and it will not take effect until the fifth day after publication on 2 February 2022.   

The majority of respondents within the area had been supportive of the proposals.

Decision Report

Consultation (closed)

Horn Park and Weigall Road Area Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The Leader has taken the decision not to implement the scheme as outlined in the initial engagement, and to continue the monitoring of traffic levels in the area. The Leader’s decision is still subject to call-in* and it will not take effect until 4 February 2022. 

The Council had consulted on proposals to introduce closures to stop cars from taking shortcuts through residential roads at strategic locations - Weigall Road, Abergeldie Road and Westhorne Avenue.  

The majority of respondents within the area had disagreed or strongly disagreed with the proposals.  

Monitoring traffic levels in the area will allow the Council to assess the impact of external changes on streets in the area, in particular, the effect of changes to the road network in neighbouring areas (including in the London Borough of Lewisham), and changes to travel patterns due to the pandemic and subsequent recovery. Any traffic management that might be considered in the future, as a result of monitoring, would be brought forward as a new proposal. 

Decision Report

Consultation (closed)

* Please note, the decision is currently subject to the 'call-in' process. Councillors have four days in which to request that a decision is reconsidered and the decision will not take effect until the fifth day after publication. 

Using modal filters to create a cycle route between Plumstead and Abbey Wood

A quiet, safe 2km cycle route has been created between Plumstead and Abbey Wood using modal filters. The route is a parallel alternative to Plumstead High Street.

We have delivered this route upgrading existing filters along quiet back streets, helping cyclists travel between Plumstead High Street and Abbey Wood station. This was delivered as part of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund in Summer 2020. 

The map shows the cycle route and the pins show the modal filters.