Category Archives: Traffic

Improve our West Norwood streets

The council has proposed ideas to improve our streets in all 3 West Norwood wards ( Gipsy Hill , Knights Hill & Thurlow Park) . To comment go on line to:

Or come along to the Salvation Army Hall at 246 Norwood Road SE27 9AW on Saturday 24th March between 12noon and 3pm , or to Kingswood Primary School, 188 Gipsy Road SE27 9RD  between 1pm and 4pm.

The ideas include: controlling traffic in Glennie & Broxholm Roads, traffic calming on Auckland Hill, road humps on Robson Road. Please suggest other projects too!

Deadline for comments is Friday 6th April.


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Clean Up London’s Air

The south circular – Christchurch Road & Thurlow Park Road is proposed as the southern boundary of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone –  ULEZ in October 2021. To have your say by 28th February on this proposal see:
In a ULEZ  to avoid paying a £12.50 daily charge diesel cars &  vans will have to meet the Euro 6 standard for NOx and particulates;  petrol cars & vans will have to meet Euro 4 NOx; and motorcycles & scooters will have to meet Euro 3 NOx . The daily charge for lorries and buses exceeding  Euro 1V is £100.
central London ULEZ will start operating in just over a year’s time in April 2019.  It will cover exactly the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone  and the current T-charge zone which is charging £10 a day for vehicles not meeting the Euro 4/V1 standards.
The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) across most of Greater London 24/7 has been operating since 2008. It charges the most polluting heavy diesel vehicles but London’s air is not clean enough – hence the need for Ultra Low Emission Zones.
To check the emission level of your vehicle enter the registration number here:

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Knollys goods yard

Cllr. Jane Pickard at the Knollys Road entrance

Developers want to build a new car-free “urban village” of over 500 homes to rent in West Norwood on a site with only one entrance – from Knollys Road.

They have already submitted a planning application to tunnel under the railway line at Knollys Road by Cameron Place. The developers are now talking about a foot bridge 10 metres high at the Leigham Vale end of the site.

Constructing tunnels & bridges is very costly and means the new high density  “village” is unlikely to meet Lambeth council’s target of 40% affordable homes.. The developers want to include some business space and make the whole site vehicle free.

Developers sketch of 9 storey housing

The private sector developers have employed a PR company which is claiming that a waste or recycling facility, industrial estate or haulage depot could be opened at Knollys Yard.  Lambeth Council has no plans to do this.

The Network Rail owned site, located between three raised railway tracks, is  currently used by scaffolding companies. The council is reviewing its planning policies, known as the Lambeth Local Plan and is considering whether to extend its policy of protecting existing employment sites (known as Key Industrial & Business Areas – KIBAs). Contrary to the claims on the PR company campaign, a KIBA does not mean that the site would be occupied by heavy industries. Of course any proposal for significant new business or industrial development at Knollys Goods Yard would require planning permission, full public consultation, and detailed analysis of the impact on traffic and neighbours.

There will be further public consultation on Lambeth Local Plan review later this year. For more details see:

See our earlier posts 14/11/16, 27/11/17 on Knollys Goods Yard

Please note there is also no truth in the mischievous twitter account suggesting a sex club for the site!

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Clean air buses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is cleaning up London’s bus routes. In West Norwood our #2,  #415 and  #249 buses are some of the cleanest with  Euro VI Hybrid engines. The #3 and #68 are new routemasters and have  Euro VI engines.

Some of the older buses #417, #432 and P13 with Euro V diesel engines are retrofitted with ad blue to reduce nitrogen oxides and thus to meet Euro VI standard.

Your Labour councillors are campaigning for all West Norwood buses to have clean engines. To support our campaign email Florence Eshalomi, our representative on the London Assembly

The council works with the Mayor on cleaning up London and helps  to clean up our air by  promoting electric cars & charging points, more cycling and  more street trees.  Householder need to rethink wood burning stoves too. And we can all campaign to make sure the Conservative Brexit keeps Europe’s tough pollution controls.


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Thames Water bus diversions

Traffic has increased on Leigham Court Road due to the closure of Streatham High Road (southbound only)  between St Leonards Church and Leigham Court Road until Friday 9th February.

All the southbound buses going in the direction of Croydon are diverted along Leigham Court Road and Streatham Common North. HGV trucks are diverted along the south circular – Christchurch Road.  

Thames Water is carrying out emergency sewage repairs 5 metres deep. The works site is opposite Pratts & Payne SW16 1HJ.

For more details call Thames Water waste team 0845 9200 800  quoting ref 0042/79 QKYS.

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Fatal accident

A woman was struck by a vehicle just before 7am last Monday 11/12/17 outside Ladbrookes on Norwood Road SE27. Sadly she died as result of her injuries.

Initial investigations by the police suggest the woman was crossing the road when she was struck by a several vehicles which did not stop.  Two drivers have been interviewed by the police.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton on 020 8543 5157 or via @MetCC. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Policy for planning application decisions

The Lambeth Local Plan  sets out the vision, strategic objectives and policies for development of  the built environment development in Lambeth. The Plan covers matters from telephone boxes to housing, work places, town centres, infrastructure (such as health facilities and schools), transport, environment and historic buildings. Together with the London Mayor’s it forms the statutory basis for deciding on planning applications.

The council is now starting  a 2 year process to update the 2015 plan. The first stage – ending on 4th December 2017 – is consulting on the issues to be reviewed.

To have your say see the online survey at:

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