Crystal Palace and South Norwood Low Traffic Neighbourhood
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The Crystal Palace and South Norwood Low Traffic Neighbourhood is part of Croydon Council and Transport for London’s ‘Streetspace’ programmes, which are in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Background to the Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhood
At the start of lockdown in Spring 2020, we quickly moved to stop through traffic using certain streets, this allowed us to increase space available for people to walk, cycle, exercise and socially distance as required by central government and Transport for London. The aim of this Streetspace temporary scheme is to provide space for residents to exercise, play, walk and cycle while social distancing reduces capacity on public transport.
In Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, public transport usage is usually very high. But social distancing has reduced capacity by 70%, and many people are now seeking alternatives. Many households in Croydon do not have access to a car. For those that do, Croydon does not have the road capacity and would face detrimental environmental challenges if all their journeys were to be made by car.
As London began to come out of the initial lockdown, the council and Transport for London became very concerned that even a small increase in the percentage of people choosing to use cars for their daily travel could result in significant traffic congestion, noise and air pollution on the borough road network.
Without a reduction in motor traffic and a shift toward more sustainable forms of transport, we will not meet our climate and healthy lifestyle goals, so it’s important that we prevent a car-based Covid-19 recovery.
We are also taking into account the concerns that residents have expressed for many years about the volume of motor traffic in the area, often speeding through quieter residential streets that are also home to several schools.
What’s been happening in and around Auckland Road and Lancaster Road
We have received numerous concerns over recent years about the levels and speed of traffic on Auckland Road and surrounding streets, such as Lancaster Road and Southern Avenue. We received further requests for action early in lockdown. The closure of Auckland Road/Lancaster Road was made easier as Auckland Road was already closed for works by Southern Gas Networks (SGN).
The temporary closures (including SGNs) meant that:
- Auckland Road was much quieter and calmer
- some nearby streets also became quieter and calmer, such as Southern Avenue
- other nearby streets were getting more traffic, such as Sylvan Hill and Stambourne Way
- the 410 bus route had to make an inconvenient diversion
Why it matters
As the first lockdown eased, we were facing transport and social distancing challenges. Capacity on public transport is much lower than before, but we can’t rely on more people using their cars for several reasons:
- Croydon does not have the road capacity or environmental capacity for everyone to drive
- it would not help the many households in Croydon that don’t own cars
- it would not help people become healthier and more active, moving around on foot or by bike and to otherwise exercise
We have an opportunity to make it easier and safer for people to walk or cycle more often to help avoid problems of increased car traffic, while giving many residents a better environment for exercising and staying healthy. This is particularly important during the current pandemic, as evidence suggests that healthier people have a better chance of recovering from COVID-19.