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People-friendly streets in St Peter’s

In July 2020, as part of our people-friendly streets scheme, we introduced a low traffic neighbourhood trial in St Peter’s.

Like many neighbourhoods within the borough, St Peter’s has suffered from increased traffic volumes in recent years from the use of the area as a short-cut. 

The trial aimed to:

  • Make it easier and safer to walk and cycle
  • Clean up the air we breathe
  • Reduce road danger  

We introduced the following traffic filters:

Colebrook Row, Danbury Street, Coleman Fields and Wharf Road, with a traffic filter and bus gate being added on Prebend Street. In some cases, the traffic filters are enforced by cameras.

Monitoring

We published our pre-consultation monitoring report for the St Peter's trial area in September 2021. This report includes data one year on from the launch of the people-friendly streets trial in July 2020.

We published the interim monitoring report for St Peter’s, in February 2021.

Consultation

We have now published our pre-consultation engagement results report for St Peter’s. This report includes all feedback up until the public consultation (13 September 2021 – 11 October 2021) from Commonplace and Trial feedback surveys, email correspondence, formal objections and stakeholder meetings.

Key finding from pre-consultation engagement:

Feedback received

  • 839 Commonplace comments
  • 396 emails
  • 555 Trial feedback surveys
  • 1,489 consultation questionnaires

Commonplace feedback*

Top 3 problems

  • 36% - Volume of traffic
  • 30% - Traffic rat running
  • 29% - Fast traffic

Top 3 ways to make it better

  • 24% - Slow down traffic
  • 24% - Road closure except for cycles and buses
  • 21% - More space for walking

Trial feedback survey (percentage of respondents)

Top 3 things people like about the trial

  • 31% - reduces traffic
  • 25% - the area is more pleasant
  • 24% - reduces air pollution

Top 3 things people dislike about the trial?

  • 54% - More traffic on main roads
  • 37% - I wasn't asked for my views
  • 37% - Car trips inconvenient

We have also published our independently written consultation report for St Peter’s. This report includes feedback received through the public consultation (13 September 2021 – 11 October 2021).

* The Commonplace figures refer to comments received before the trial was advertised. The figures provided for Commonplace and trial feedback surveys are for the percentage of respondents. The Commonplace platform was open between May 2020 and March 2021, the trial feedback survey was open between March 2021 and September 2021.

Key findings from the public consultation

  • 50% said it is easier to cross the streets – 19% disagreed
  • 49% said the streets look nicer - 20% disagreed
  • 48% said the air is cleaner – 18% disagreed
  • 47% said there is less noise from traffic – 23% disagreed
  • 40% said they spend more time in the area – 20% disagreed
  • 46% said it is easier to walk and cycle for short trips – 19% disagreed
  • 46% said they felt safer on the streets during the day – 25% disagreed
  • 37% said they felt safer on the streets at night – 34% disagreed
  • 57% of participants have a car, versus 29% of households in Islington
  • 27% of participants who have cars say they walk and cycle for shorter trips instead of driving
  • 18% of participants mentioned LTNs increasing traffic on boundary roads

Next steps: continuing people-friendly streets in St Peter’s

The positive outcomes from the consultation and monitoring reports have supported our decision to continue people-friendly streets in St Peter’s.

We have been listening to feedback from local disabled residents and in order to make the scheme more accessible for these residents we will be making some improvements.

We will be introducing an exemption for Blue Badge holders who live inside St Peter’s from camera enforced traffic filters. We will implement a new Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) which will allow us to measure the impact and see if it is working as intended.

You can find out more information on the exemption and read our Blue Badge holder frequently asked questions.

Works to enable the exemptions

In order to allow Blue Badge holders to travel through the restrictions, we will need to make some changes to the neighbourhood.

We will be removing the width restrictions at Colebrooke Row and Wharf Road and adding new signs and planters to make the new exemption clear.

The minor works will start on 10 January 2022 and will take up to 10 days to complete. Access routes will be unchanged during the duration of the works.

The existing low traffic neighbourhood will continue to be enforced and the new exemptions will active from January 2022.

You can see a map of the proposed works and more information in the St Peter’s Consultation results and next steps resident leaflet 

For further detailed information you can read the full Delegated Decision Report and Equality Impact Assessment for the St Peter’s PFS scheme and the other appendices in the 'Useful Documents' section.

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