As lockdown restrictions ease, Lambeth Council prioritised the reduction of road danger, cleaning up air in the borough, and enabling residents to move around their neighbourhoods safely. Part of Lambeth’s Emergency Transport Plan responding to the Covid-19 crisis is the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods which are aimed at preventing rat running and heavy traffic on smaller local road networks, and ensuring everyone has access to safe street space to walk, scoot, cycle and use wheelchairs.
Lambeth is working towards equity in transport – enabling those who do not have access to a car (which is the majority of residents) to have safe and accessible transport options. It isn’t fair that those who don’t have access to a car are either forced to walk or cycle on the borough’s dangerous roads. The designs for Lambeth’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have been endorsed by the community – from groups like Mums for Lungs, to local resident groups and to the Chief Medical Officer at one of the local NHS Trusts.