Have your say on the Mayor’s plans for lower air pollution – extend the ULEZ up Brixton Hill

The Mayor of London is consulting on his plans to improve air quality in London – with proposals that directly affect Brixton Hill.

From next year the Mayor is already introducing an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) for central London, forcing drivers of the dirtiest vehicles to pay a surcharge that will hopefully deter them from driving in central London or, better still, incentivise them to replace their vehicles with cleaner ones. This is a year earlier than originally pledged.

Now the Mayor is proposing tougher standards for the whole of London to come in by 2020 – while not as tough as the ULEZ, it will mean all of London will see benefits by reducing the number of polluting vehicles coming into the city. The proposals are projected to lead to a 30% reduction in NOx levels in inner London including our area by 2021.

Sadiq Khan is also proposing to extend the ULEZ to the South Circular, meaning that it would cover the whole of Brixton Hill. Light vehicles which do not meet these standards would need to pay a daily charge of £12.50 in order to drive in the ULEZ. This is very welcome news and we urge residents to respond to the survey to signal support for these plans so that Brixton Hill air can improve.

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The current proposal is for the extension to cover Brixton Hill to start in October 2021. In our response to the consultation, Brixton Hill’s Labour councillors have said that we want the extension to come in earlier and not wait over three years for these crucial measures that could be improving health and quality of life and reducing pollution around our schools and homes.

You can read the whole plans here. To have your say, you must do so by 28 February 2018 using the online survey.

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New trees on their way for Brixton Hill

Following lobbying by Brixton Hill councillors, a number of new street trees are to be located around the area a part of a Lambeth-wide programme. Whilst contributing to create a more attractive environment for all, the planting will also improve the overall environmental quality, (including air quality and noise reduction), of our neighbourhood.

Subject to final ground scan surveys the locations chosen are:

  1. Baytree Road (several including Ginkgo and Juneberry trees, sadly no Baytrees)
  2. Lyham Road (a number of ornamental pear trees)
  3. Sudbourne Road (nine new trees including oak, Prunus and field maple)
  4. Trent Road (four to include a crabapple)

Treeplanting is starting this month and will continue through to April. Residents in roads affected are currently being written to to let them know about the project.

The borough-wide planting programme will be funded by the Transport for London LIP and GLA grants.

Clean bus corridor comes into force on Brixton Hill to address air pollution

cleanairAs you may have spotted on Brixton Hill’s bus stops, Sadiq Khan’s Low Emission Bus zone between Brixton and Streatham has come into force. It means only the cleanest types of buses will be used by Transport for London down Brixton Hill.

The zone is only the second in London and was brought in by Mayor Khan after Brixton Hill’s councillors campaigned about the quality of the air in the local area, which has seen rising pollution and unsafe amounts recorded at local schools. Almost 10,000 premature deaths in London each year are estimated to arise from air pollution.

Now that the clean bus corridor is in place, we will continue to campaign for other measures to reduce air pollution, including more tree planting, smarter logistics for delivery companies and the extension of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to the South Circular.

Letter sent to Mayor re dangerous junctions following another serious accident

Cllr Martin Tiedemann has written to Sadiq Khan regarding dangerous junctions on the A23 Brixton Hill following another accident last month that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.

Three years ago, Cllr Tiedemann wrote to the previous Mayor, highlighting the junctions of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road/Lambert Road/Josephine Avenue. These junctions, which comprise part of London Cycle Network Route 25, were originally prioritised for action but were subsequently dropped from Boris Johnson’s plans. Now, with a new Mayor and further accidents, Brixton Hill’s councillors are calling for urgent action. Continue reading

Trees planted to complete New Park Road safety scheme

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At last the New Park Road safety scheme is finished! Trees have now been planted in the tree pits to complete works on the New Park Road safety scheme, funded by Transport for London and Lambeth Council.

It started in 2015 with anxious parents at Richard Atkins Primary School asking their local Councillors to make New Park Road safer for their children. It was used as a rat run, and several had been injured as a result.

After considerable consultation with residents from a wide area, some false
starts, and a certain amount of ill feeling, Sustrans, our consultants in the project,
came up with the present layout. Funded partly by the Council, but mainly by TfL, the
final stage has been reached – a dozen or so trees planted to complement the chicane,
the build-outs, the coloured circles and the raised road level. Continue reading

Major changes proposed for Brixton Hill bus lanes

Transport for London have launched a major consultation on the bus lanes along Brixton Hill and St Matthew’s Road, that aims to improve bus times and reliability but will involve narrowing some of the pavements, putting loading bays onto pavements and potential changes for cyclists.

The full details are below and we urge residents to respond. We will make representations that any changes should enhance cyclists’ safety, not endanger pedestrians and tie into much-needed junction and crossing improvements.

Comments can be made on the online survey here and you can also email London Assembly Member and Brixton Hill councillor, Florence Eshalomi AM. Continue reading

Day-long trial of New Park Road scheme

LogoNew proposals to improve safety and facilities for people walking and cycling in and around New Park Road and around Richard Atkins School are to be trialled for a day later this week on 26 February.

Sustrans have been working in the area since summer 2015 when Lambeth Council asked them to help respond to safety concerns. Twelve accidents had happened near the Richard Atkins School because of the amount of traffic cutting through New Park Road and lack of safe crossing points.

After listening to resident and councillor feedback on the initial designs Sustrans did further work with the community in December and January and developed new proposals. The new design aim to improve the local environment, calm traffic along New Park Road and help keep all road users, especially children at the school, safer and healthier.

The team have also been able to secure more funding from Transport for London to create permanent improvements and add more value to local businesses and residents.

Please come along and help to try out the new designs on the 26 February. This one day trial will allow everyone to visualise and test changes which can improve safety and improve the local neighbourhood for all. Several thousand local households have been sent letters as well as promotion via social media, on the Brixton Blog and local noticeboards. Continue reading

Traffic light replacement at Christchurch Road Junction with Cotherstone Road

Works by Transport for London are due to start for three weeks to replace the traffic lights on Christchurch Road at the junction with Cotherstone Road. This work is part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan.

The works are planned to start on Monday 15 February 2016 and will last for approximately three weeks depending on the weather conditions. The map below shows you the areas affected. The works will take place on Mondays to Fridays between 08:00 and 18:00, Saturdays between 09:30 and 15:30 and Sundays between 09:00 and 13:00.

During the works, TfL will put in some traffic management measures such as lane closures and temporary traffic lights with pedestrian facilities to ensure the safety of those using the road.

Obviously some disruption is inevitable but should residents require further information or an update during the delivery of these works, please contact our Customer Services team on 0343 222 1234 or via the web at tfl.gov.uk/contact.

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Val Shawcross urges TfL to take action on dangerous junction

valjunctionLocal London Assembly Member Val Shawcross has urged Transport for London to take action over the dangerous junction at Brixton Hill with Acre Lane.

Val has received figures showing that from 2012-2014 there were 15 pedestrian casualties at the junction, more than other hotspots in the area. Val has tabled a series of questions to the Mayor of London asking what plans TfL have to improve the area and make it safe.

Val told the South London Press: “The area around this junction has been transformed during my time as Assembly member for the area and the new space at Windrush Square shows what can be done to create a brilliant public realm. So many people live, work and visit Brixton and travel through this key junction so to see these accident figures is alarming. As well as being a very attractive street scene we also want this key area to be as safe as possible. Continue reading

Petition: new bus route for South Circular linking Clapham South to Tulse Hill

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A group of local residents have started a change.org petition calling on Transport for London to introduce a direct bus service along the South Circular between Tulse Hill and Clapham South. This would serve Brixton Hill residents near to Christchurch Road and Streatham Place.

Campaigners say that, currently, travellers (especially children going to school) need to take two buses via congested Brixton or Streatham, or walk along polluted main roads. Others choose to drive on what are relatively short journeys.

Over 100 people have already signed the petition and residents have put together a video about the campaign.