South Fulham Clean Air Neighbourhood project

New clean air trial goes live

  • All H&F residents can still drive freely everywhere
  • Visitors can reach every street without going through a camera
  • Warning period for out-of-borough motorists who cut through

We all know the air on our streets needs to be cleaner. Polluted air makes people ill, especially children. It can be a killer.

So, on 1 December 2022, a pioneering Clean Air Neighbourhood project to improve air quality and local people’s health was extended to all of South Fulham.

It follows the successful trial to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road which has seen 8,000 fewer cars emitting dangerous nitrogen oxide entering the area. Carbon dioxide emissions have reduced by one tonne a day.

The new trial to the west aims to discourage out-of-borough motorists from using residential streets as cut-throughs.

It uses smart technology cameras to reduce pollution and congestion in the streets to the west of Wandsworth Bridge Road.

All residents of the borough with vehicles registered in Hammersmith & Fulham can go through the cameras without penalty.

Map of South Fulham (west) Clean Air Neighbourhood trial

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Image caption: Image 1: Map of west South Fulham Clean Air Neighbourhood trial
  • Text description of the map showing how non-residents can enter streets in the Clean Air Neighbourhood trial to the west of Wandsworth Bridge Road without going through the cameras

    Non H&F registered drivers can enter and leave the area either via New Kings Road or enter and leave via Wandsworth Bridge Road.

    Five cameras have been installed to discourage out-of-borough motorists from using our streets as cut throughs. They are at: Hurlingham Road junction with Edenhurst Avenue, Broomhouse Lane (200 yards north of Daisy Lane), Peterborough Road side of 90 Clancarty Road, Studdridge Street (between Perrymead Street and Bowerdean Street), Ryecroft Street / Stokenchurch Street at the junction with Perrymead Street.

    Via New Kings Road, non-residents can drive on the following streets: Perrymead Street, Chipstead Street, Quarrendon Street, Chiddingstone Street, Bradbourne Street, Coniger Road, Peterborough Road (south as far as Sulivan Court), Broomhouse Road, Broomhouse Lane (until just before Daisy Lane), Studdridge Street (east as far as Perrymead Street), Linver Road, Alderville Road, Cortayne Road, Ashington Road, Cristowe Road, Bettridge Road, Foskett Road, Ewald Road, Dolby Road, Grimston Road, Napier Avenue, Hurlingham Gardens, Ranelagh Avenue. Hurlingham Road is accessible via Grimstowe Road, Foskett Road or Ewald Road. Edenhurst Avenue is accessible via Ranelagh Avenue, Ranelagh Gardens is accessible via Napier Avenue.

    From Wandsworth Bridge Road, non residents can drive on the following streets: Carnwath Road and Broomhouse Lane (until Daisy Lane), Breer Street, Dymock Street, Hugon Road, Woolneigh Street, Friston Street, Narborough Street, Ashcombe Street, Beltran Road, Settrington Road, Clancarty Road, Daisy Lane, Sulivan Road, Peterborough Road (until just north of South Park), Studdridge Street (west as far as Bowerdean Street ), Bowerdean Street, Ryecroft Street ( west until just before junction with Perrymead Street ), and Stokenchurch Street.

    Monitoring cameras have been installed to provide feedback on vehicle numbers and inform any alterations. Anyone can go through them. They are sited in Ranelagh Avenue, Foskett Road, Ewald Road, Daisy Lane, Studdridge Street, Clancarty Road and Settrington Road.

Visitors can drive to every street in the area and avoid the cameras by entering and leaving via New Kings Road or entering and leaving via Wandsworth Bridge Road. Residents can also give their visitors free access through RingGo or a hotline (see below).

Out-of-borough motorists who go through the cameras will get warning letters for the first few weeks. After then, non-H&F drivers seeking to cut through between Wandsworth Bridge Road and New Kings Road, creating pollution and congestion, will face fines.

Improvements to Wandsworth Bridge Road will also make the air cleaner and the road safer, with safer cycleways, improved crossing and junctions and illuminated 20mph signs.

The trial will last between six and 18 months and residents will be fully consulted as it proceeds. Poor UK air quality causes up to 36,000 deaths a year, equating to 87 deaths in H&F. We aim to clean our air and save lives.

Clean air neighbourhoods fridge magnet - book in your visitors via RingGo or call our hotline 0208 753 3849. For all other enquiries please call 0207 371 5678
RingGo or hotline to book in visitors

Visitors can drive to any street and avoid the cameras. If for some reason your visitor still needs to pass a camera or does so by accident, the simplest and fastest way to book them in is through RingGo.

As we appreciate some residents don’t use apps or the internet, we have set up a dedicated seven-day hotline on 0207 8753 3849 to give your visitors free access. You can also arrange to have a family member, carer or friend book on your behalf, please ask for details

We’re giving away eco-friendly, bamboo fridge magnets with the hotline number. To get yours, please call the hotline or email cleansouthfulham@lbhf.gov.uk, writing “fridge magnet” in the subject and giving your name and address.

Full and proper consultation

The Clean Air Neighbourhood trial has been designed following extensive engagement over the last two years with residents. The trial will last for between six and 18 months and residents will be fully consulted during that period.

Once the scheme has bedded in, we will write again to every household detailing how you can take part in an extensive survey on the clean air trial. We will also conduct opinion polling and continue our ongoing engagement with residents’ groups, businesses and individuals.

We want as many residents as possible to take part and help shape the project. In the meantime if you want to send comments and any suggestions for improvements, please email cleansouthfulham@lbhf.gov.uk

All your views will be taken into account before a decision is made on whether to amend, abandon or make the trial permanent.

How Clean Air Neighbourhood puts residents and their visitors first

Our aim is to clean the air by discouraging out-of-borough motorists from using our residential streets as a shortcut.

The map (above) shows how five automatic number-plate recognition cameras are being carefully positioned to stop non H&F drivers using the most popular cut throughs such as Studdridge Street, Perrymead Street, Peterborough Rd, Broomhoouse Lane and Hurlingham Road. These camera locations have been agreed upon by local residents.

If you live anywhere in the borough and have an H&F-registered vehicle, you can go through the Clean Air Neighbourhood cameras without penalty.

Friends, family, carers, deliveries and tradespeople from outside H&F can reach every single street without going through a camera. They just need to enter and leave the area via Wandsworth Bridge Road or enter and leave via New Kings Road. The cameras will only affect drivers who try to cut through from Wandsworth Bridge Road to New Kings Road, and vice versa.

You can also book your friends, family, carers, deliveries and tradespeople free access through the cameras by using RingGo or the 24/7 hotline 020 8753 3849.

  • 87 deaths a year in H&F from air pollution
    Dr Nicola Lang
    By Dr Nicola Lang, H&F Director of Public Health

    Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. Long term exposure to man-made air pollution in the UK is estimated to cause 28,000-36,000 deaths every year. That is equivalent to around 87 deaths in our borough.

    Air pollution affects children and adults and can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, lung cancer, brain damage and, for older people, the risk of developing dementia.

    Motor vehicles are the single biggest cause of poor air quality in London. They produce nearly 50 per cent of all harmful nitrogen oxide pollution and emit particles too small to see with the naked eye into the air we breathe.

    It’s good news that H&F’s Clean Air Neighbourhoods programme will improve air quality with new trees, greening, traffic reduction measures, pedestrian safety improvements, school streets initiatives and improved cycling facilities.

Using RingGo

H&F residents can use RingGo to give their visitors free access in three easy steps. You just need to register with the council for a Resident Visitor Permit, sign up with RingGo and, on the day, let RingGo know the registration number of your visitor’s vehicle.

1. Register for a Resident Visitor Permit at www.lbhf.gov.uk/rvp or by calling the hotline on 020 8753 3849

2. Sign up to RingGo via its app or online at www.myringgo.co.uk

3. When you expect or have had a visitor, just enter their vehicle registration number with RingGo via its app or at www.myringgo.co.uk. You can do this up to midnight on the day they visit, even after they’ve left.

When using the app or online you can  choose either to pay for your visitor’s parking (which will automatically allow them through the cameras) or just select the ”CLEAN access only” drop-down menu.

Remember we have set up a dedicated 24/7 hotline on 020 8753 3849 for residents who don’t use apps or the internet. See RingGo or hotline to book in visitors section.

Did you know…

Black cabs, buses, emergency vehicles and local H&F registered mini cabs automatically can go through the cameras without penalty.

Carers, healthcare workers and specialist services supporting H&F residents can register directly with the council for automatic free access through the cameras.

You can give free access through the cameras to as many visitors a day as you want.

Polluted air makes people ill, especially children. It is estimated that air pollution causes an average 87 deaths a year in our borough.

If your visitor stays overnight, you can book them in again the following day at any time up to midnight.

Myth buster

  • Myth: Traffic will be displaced onto the main roads, increasing pollution

    This is a popular perception but the evidence says it doesn’t happen. Following the trial to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road, traffic fell by 12% on the main road because satnavs started routing drivers other ways (eg around the M25 for longer trips or over Vauxhall Bridge for central London).

    Of course, there will be some initial disruption on Wandsworth Bridge Road as with any new traffic project. But once the trial has settled in, and alongside the traffic calming measures we are introducing on Wandsworth Bridge Road itself, we expect a further fall in vehicles using the main road as well as the side streets.

  • Myth: It’s just a money-making scheme for the council

    Far from it - the trial to the east has cut fines at the Bagley’s Lane box junction to almost zero. We just want out-of-borough motorists to use main roads, not cut through our residential side streets.  For the first few weeks of the trial, drivers who accidentally go through the cameras will not be fined. Instead we will send out warning notices with letters explaining the trial in detail and how they can avoid fines in the future. Our aim is to clean the air and cut congestion, not make money.

  • Myth: Taxis will refuse to drop off in the neighbourhood, which is a safety concern my family

    Taxis can reach every single street and home without going through cameras. They just need to enter and leave the area via Wandsworth Bridge Road, or enter and leave via New Kings Road.  There is no material difference in time or length on these routes and we expect ride-hailing firms like Uber and Bolt to update their satnav systems accordingly.   Black cabs are exempt, as are local taxi firms who have registered with the council, supporting local business.

  • Myth: Isn’t this just a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) by another name?

    It’s very different. LTNs use physical barriers to block roads off for all drivers, including residents.  Our Clean Air Neighbourhood pioneers the use of smart tech number plate recognition cameras which allow residents to drive wherever they want. Also, although visitors can reach every single street and home without going through a camera, residents can choose to allow visitors through the cameras via RingGo or the hotline. Lots of other councils have been in contact with our engineers and are now looking at doing similar trials precisely because this is a smart tech approach that doesn’t close off roads. Instead, it gives priority to residents and their visitors.

  • Myth: Traders, delivery drivers and couriers will be reluctant to access our homes because of the threat of a ticket

    Experience from the eastern Clean Air Neighbourhood trial shows that delivery companies and couriers quickly adjust their routes and adapt without a problem. They will be able to reach every single street and home without going through cameras. They just need to enter and leave the area via Wandsworth Bridge Road, or enter and leave via New Kings Road.  If for any reason visitors do drive through the cameras, you can book them free access through the cameras up to midnight on the day they visit, even after they’ve left you.

  • Myth: There has been no proper consultation with residents

    The truth is that residents and the council worked together to develop the trials to the east and now the west of Wandsworth Bridge Road. Hundreds of local people took part in dozens of meetings chaired by local ward councillors and resident groups. Residents shaped where the cameras go on a street-by-street basis.

    Two newsletters like this one have been sent to every home and business and there will be more in future. There will also be detailed surveying and polling of residents’ views during the six to 18 months of the trial, going far beyond what the government requires.

Support local businesses

Research shows that making the high street more attractive for pedestrians increases footfall and revenue for shops. We realise that individual businesses may have questions about the trial and are committed to working with them to resolve any issues.

Black cabs will automatically be allowed through the cameras without penalty and local minicabs can go through the cameras if they first register with the council.  These firms have already registered:

A new vision for Wandsworth Bridge Road

Residents and businesses are working with H&F to radically reshape WBR as a destination high street at the heart of our community.

The new vision will shift this road from a congested and polluted through-route to a welcoming, clean and green place that puts people first. It will make the air cleaner and the street safer, especially if you’re walking or cycling.

As the first part of this redesign of the road, we are introducing new, safer cycleways, illuminated 20mph signs, better zebra crossings and traffic islands, new lighting at crossings, anti-skid paint and rumble strips to discourage speeding.

Lane improvements on Wandsworth Bridge will prioritise safety for cyclists AND will reduce the number of out-of-borough drivers coming from the bridge and causing congestion and air pollution.

Any questions or problems?

Our customer services team is here to help:

Email: enquiries@lbhfparking.com

Call: 020 7371 5678

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about the east and west South Fulham Clean Air Neighbourhood projects

  • Air quality sensors installed

    Fifty-six air quality sensors were installed on lamp columns across South Fulham. These form the largest concentrated network of air quality sensors anywhere in Europe.

    H&F engineers use data from traffic counters and the sensors to highlight trouble-spots and benchmark the success of the Clean Air Neighbourhood projects, including the key aim of reducing air pollution.

    The data shows the project has contributed to the removal of at least one tonne of CO2 per day from the area. The air quality has improved significantly since the introduction of the East project and has seen NOx pollution fall by 60 per cent.

Existing Clean Air Neighbourhood to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road

The South Fulham clean air neighbourhood eastern project was launched in July 2020 and made permanent in December 2021.

Since the project began, traffic has reduced by 75 per cent in the streets to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road (WBR) and by 12 per cent in Wandsworth Bridge Road.

Overall traffic in South Fulham is down by 23 per cent while the project has reduced the number of trips by motorists by 8,000 per day through the area. And it has contributed to the removal of at least one tonne of CO2 per day from South Fulham.

The council approved an experimental traffic order to extend the project to the streets to the west of WBR in December 2021, following further resident engagement and consultation.

The project has enabled residents to take control of local streets which had become flooded with traffic – 90 per cent of which was made up of rat-running, out-of-borough motorists largely from Surrey, Hampshire and the A3 corridor.

The decades-old and seemingly unmanageable traffic problem in South Fulham has been made worse in recent years by increased use of satnav systems directing arterial road traffic to cut through narrow residential streets.

The project, which was developed by the council working with residents, uses the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to end this problem.

The council also introduced 20mph speed limits on WBR and New Kings Road and is developing further traffic mitigation measures for WBR have been proposed.

Two information sessions, hosted by the independent resident-led group via Zoom were held in February and March 2022.

These were organised by residents in the area, to explain how the project works, the plans for the western extension, and proposed improvements for WBR.

This map shows the Clean Air Neighbourhood project to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road and how non-residents can avoid the cameras.

Map of South Fulham (east) Clean Air Neighbourhood

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Image caption: Image 2: Map showing the Clean Air Neighbourhood project to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road.
  • Text description of the map showing how to access the restricted streets in the clean air neighbourhood to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road without going through the control cameras

    Streets covered by the project remain freely open to all residents of H&F. The CAN only restricts the use of certain roads in South Fulham by out-of-borough residents. Those roads are:

    Ninety-nine per cent of the area remains accessible for deliveries, contractors, carers and visitors without crossing any camera control points. The following information lays out how non-residents can access streets and avoid the cameras.

    1. Access off New Kings Road

    Avalon Road, Peterborough Villas, Bagleys Lane and Harwood Terrace (West) can all be accessed off the New King’s Road.

    2. Access off Wandsworth Bridge Road (North)

    Access via Cresford Road

    Cresfold Road, Bagleys Lane (south), Acfold Road, Cheryls Court and Meldon Close.

    Access via Bovingdon Road

    Bovingdon Road, Acfold Road, Bagleys Lane (south), Cheryls Court and Meldon Close.

    Access via Broughton Road

    Pearscroft Road, Pearscroft Court and Sandilands Road.

    3. Access off Wandsworth Bridge Road (south) and Townmead Road

    Access via Oakbury Road

    Oakbury Road, Cranbury Road, Hazlebury Road, Snowbury Road

    Access via Rosebury Road

    Rosebury Road, Hazlebury Road, Cranbury Road, Snowbury Road.

    Access via Stephendale Road

    Stephendale Road, Hazlebury Road, Broughton Road, Gilstead Road, DeMorgan Road, Hamble Street, Althea Street, Edenvale Street, Kilkie Street, Byam Street, Glenrose Street, Lindrop Street, Tynemouth Street, Elbe Street.

    Access via Townmead Road

    Townmead Road, William Morris Way, Bagleys Lane (south), Imperial Road (south), DeMorgan Road, Hamble Street, Althea Street, Edenvale Street, Kilkie Street, Byam Street, Glenrose Street, Lindrop Street, Tynemouth Street, Elbe Street.

Borough access permit

If you are a resident but your vehicle is not registered to an H&F address or you do not need a residents parking permit (for example company, hire and courtesy cars or you live in car-free accommodation), please register for the project using the online form: Apply for a borough access permit. A borough access permit will allow you to access the project area without penalty. Please note that this is not a residents parking permit and does not provide you with residential parking.