Transport for London’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme gives boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport. They don’t all have to take the same approach – some focus on a high street, others on residential areas or improving pedestrian connectivity around a station or transport interchange.
In February 2019 Lambeth won around £10m of funding from TfL to create a ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’ around Brixton centre. It has potential to be a transformational project for Brixton – in the way that Waltham Forest’s “mini-holland” schemes have had a huge impact there. The initial outline plan suggests rebalancing Atlantic Road in favour of pedestrians and creating ‘healthy routes’ between Brixton and Clapham, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction.
The first stage of consultation is running now – if you’ve not already, please contribute (add comments or give a thumbs up to comments you agree with).
You can find out more about the provisional plans, and a larger version of the map, from the Liveable Neighbourhood Project Summary
The plan would create a number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) around Brixton where walking and cycling are prioritised over motor traffic. As you can see from the map, it doesn’t currently include Brixton Hill ward but we believe ours is an idea area for an LTN and that this is the best way to address the traffic issues in our area.
For an idea of how much change these sort of programmes can deliver is just a few years check out this video covering 5 years of change in Waltham Forest