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Slower streets, more play for Lambeth pupils

Local school children outside Richard Atkins school

Pupils at Richard Atkins Primary School were involved in developing the new street design

Local residents relaxing on the newly designed street

Residents like Asho and Raho enjoyed the calmer, pedestrian-friendly layout

School children eating their free breakfast on New Park Road

To kick-start the trial day local school children were invited to a free Bike Breakfast

4 March 2016

We trialled an exciting new safer street layout for New Park Road in Lambeth last week. This was in response to safety fears for local children crossing the busy road to get to Richard Atkins Primary School.

In partnership with Lambeth Council and the local community we have redesigned New Park Road to slow traffic and create a safer, more pedestrian-friendly zone.

On Friday 26 February we used temporary materials to transform the street for the day. Local people were invited to experience the new street layout and feedback their views.

You've nailed it. It's doing what it's supposed to do - slowing the traffic for the kids.

- Ray, local resident

The transformation of New Park Road comes after concerns about safety, especially around Richard Atkins Primary School. There were 12 collisions near the school that resulted in injury between 2010 and 2014, four of which involved children under 10 years old.

The new layout was developed in collaboration with the primary school and local residents as part of our community street design process.

A new space for the day

Throughout the day students from Richard Atkins entertained passers-by with drumming and singing performances. 250 children enjoyed playing in the temporary play spaces created with our street kit.

New Park Road won't be seen as a cut through for vehicles for much longer. It is a local street - a place to spend time, play and socialise.

- Feras Fathallah, Sustrans Urban Designer

The event was supported by Pop Up Parks, whose work involves creating vibrant local park spaces in urban environments. They ran activities for the school children on the day.

Aaron, a local parent, described New Park Road as:

"Calm and quiet – normally cars whizz through here and now they’re waiting".

By using the street kit and other temporary materials, such as hay bales, we allowed local residents and parents to see how the designs would work in real life. Vehicle speeds were slowed by 70% to an average of 9-11 mph outside the school gate.

Local resident Linda said:

"This is a sensible way of calming the traffic whilst keeping it moving".

Acting on pressure from parents and local residents we also experimented with a temporary heavy goods vehicle ban as part of the design.

Listening to local people

No more having to wait for a gap to cross the road.

- Adam, Year 4 at Richard Atkins Primary School

Local people were surveyed throughout the day. We spoke to hundreds of parents, residents, people on bikes and drivers who were eager to find out what was happening on their street.

Feedback from the trial overwhelmingly supports the new design.

  • 75% of respondents rate their experience of using the new road layout at as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’.
  • 77% of respondents either ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ that crossing the road was safer.
  • 91% of respondents either ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ that traffic was slower outside the school.

The formal consultation for the designs is currently running until March 11. You can have your say here.

If successful, construction will begin at the end of March or beginning of April 2016 thanks to funding from Lambeth Council and Transport for London.

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