South Fulham clean air neighbourhood scheme
Reducing traffic, congestion and pollution in South Fulham streets
The South Fulham clean air neighbourhood scheme was launched in July 2020 and made permanent in December 2021. Since the scheme began, traffic has reduced by 75% in the streets to the east of Wandsworth Bridge Road (WBR) and by 12% on Wandsworth Bridge Road.
Overall traffic in South Fulham is down by 23%; the scheme 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 has now approved an experimental traffic order to extend the scheme to the streets to the west of WBR, following further resident engagement and consultation.
The scheme has enabled residents to take control of local streets which had become flooded with traffic - 90% 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 scheme, which was developed by the council working with residents, uses the latest Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to end this problem. It allows H&F residents whose vehicles are registered to and H&F address, as well as visitors and trades people with day permits, to access all areas freely.
Streets covered by the scheme remain freely open to all residents of H&F. Black taxis, local minicabs, home carers and emergency vehicles are also exempt and can enter and exit through the cameras without penalty.
The clean air neighbourhood West extension
The experimental traffic order to extend the scheme to the west of WBR was approved in December 2021. This trial is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 following resident engagement and consultation. The consultation will continue to run for at least six months from the date the scheme starts and residents will be encouraged to provide feedback.
The council has also agreed to introduce 20mph speed limits on WBR and New Kings Road and to develop further traffic mitigation measures for WBR.
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 scheme works, the plans for the western extension, and proposed improvements for WBR. Officers provided a short presentation followed by a Q&A.
Reducing pollution and improving the air quality
Fifty-six air quality monitors (AGMs) were installed on lamp columns across South Fulham. These form the largest concentrated network of AQMs anywhere in Europe. The live information from these AQMs will be made publicly available.
H&F engineers use data from traffic counters and the AQMs to highlight trouble-spots and benchmark the success of the CAN schemes, including the key aim of reducing air pollution.
The data shows the scheme 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 scheme and has seen NOx pollution fall by 60% to levels below the new World Health Organisation threshold of 20 ugm3.
Support local minicabs
Local minicab firms are entitled to exemption from the restrictions, enabling them to pass freely through camera points for pick-ups and drop-offs. If your local firm has not already done so, please encourage them to register for the scheme via firstname.lastname@example.org London black cabs are automatically exempt.
Residents informed us that some Uber drivers were reluctant to enter the zone because they don’t realise they can access streets without going through a camera. We raised resident concerns with Uber and the company updated its navigation systems and worked to educate drivers at the request of council engineers.
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 scheme using the online form: Apply for a borough access permit. A borough access permit will allow you to access the scheme area without penalty. Please note that this is not a residents parking permit and does not provide you with residential parking.
Ninety-nine per cent of the area remains accessible for deliveries, contractors and visitors without crossing any camera control point. This may mean some drivers have to access locations via new routes. (See map below for access routes).
Residents can also give visitors, deliveries and contractors free open access to the scheme area, allowing them to drive through camera points without penalty.Here’s how:
- Register for a Resident Visitor Permit at www.lbhf.gov.uk/rvp or call 020 7371 5678.
- Register via the RingGo App or the RingGo website
- Supply the registration number of the visitor’s vehicle via the RingGo App, website or telephone.
- Visitors get free access to the area until midnight. If they stay longer, residents need to book them in again.
- Residents can enter a visitor’s registration number up to midnight on the day, even after they’ve left, to avoid a penalty.
- Most essential services including carers and healthcare workers have already registered with the council to enable free access.
Any questions or problems registering? Please call 020 7371 5678, email email@example.com
- Which visitors need to be booked in?
All streets are accessible to visitors, deliveries, trades people, taxis and contractors without crossing a camera. Please see map for access routes.
Black taxis, local minicabs, home carers and emergency vehicles are also exempt and can enter and exit through the cameras without penalty.
If you have visitors or trades people that need to pass through a restriction you will have to book a visitor permit using the visitor permits scheme.
This applies to:
- visitors who park on street during parking control hours (payment required for the parking)
- visitors who park on street outside of parking control hours (free of charge)
- visitors who park off street on private land (free of charge)
- visitors on a motorcycle who park on or off street anytime of the day (free of charge)
You may book your visitor permit session in advance (if you know the vehicle number plate) or, before midnight on the day that your visitors or trades people pass through the control point in the restricted street. Find out about the visitor permit scheme.
From March 2021, residents can also register their visitors via RingGo for free open access (without parking) to the area.
If you or your visitor received a PCN for driving through a camera in a controlled area when a valid visitor permit was held and a session booked, please contact us and we will cancel your PCN. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7371 5678
- Smart tech puts residents in controlUnlike traffic schemes in other places that close streets, our pioneering scheme keeps streets open and dedicates them to residents and their visitors.
The scheme uses the latest ANPR technology to ensure that residents can allow visitors, deliveries and contractors to access all areas freely. Road signs indicate where out- of-borough drivers are not allowed to go.
Aims of the scheme
- Reduce traffic across South Fulham
- Make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists
- Remove through traffic from side roads, stop rat running Improve air quality, cut congestion
- Enhance Wandsworth Bridge Road as a place to live, work and visit
- Support local businesses
- Ensure public transport runs smoothly
- Key aspects of the schemeThe South Fulham trial scheme went live on Monday 20 July 2021 and the key points of the scheme are as follows.
H&F residents who hold an H&F parking permit and H&F residents whose vehicle is registered to their H&F home address are automatically granted free open access to the area.
This allows you to pass through any restricted access points to roads anywhere in the borough.
The access permit is virtual and you do not need to display anything in your car.
Black taxis, local minicabs, home carers and emergency vehicles are also exempt and can enter and exit through the cameras without penalty.
Ninety-nine per cent of the area remains accessible for visitors, deliveries, contractors and visitors without crossing any camera control point. This may mean some drivers have to access locations via new routes. Please see map (link to map)
If visitors or delivery drivers intend to drive, or have driven, through the camera-controlled point, residents should obtain on-the-day permits for them via the RingGo app or website. This will avoid the issuing of penalty notices.
The new access controls are different from parking controls and apply 24/7. This means that visitor permits are required outside controlled parking hours or if the visitor parks in a bay.
From March 2021, residents can register their visitors via RingGo for free open access without parking to the area.
Some residents must register before passing through a restricted road:
- If your vehicle is not registered to your H&F home, such as a company car or lease / hire car.
- You have just moved to the borough and are awaiting new vehicle keeper details to show your vehicle is registered in borough.
- If you have temporary residency, or lodging in H&F
- You are a resident in H&F and your vehicle is registered in another country.
If you are having problems registering please call 020 7371 5678 or email email@example.com
- You will be asked to provide the following proof:
- Vehicle log-book (VQ5) showing the vehicle information and the registered address of the keeper
- Proof of residency in the borough, such as council tax statement, utility bill, rent demand
- Proof of vehicle usage or ownership or relationship to the vehicles address if not at your H&F residency. Insurance documents, company information, hire or lease agreements, residency information of second home.
Data shows that traffic numbers have tumbled
Bridge closures and the COVID-19 pandemic (which has created an all-day rush hour outside of lockdown) made the introduction of the CAN more challenging. But the data shows the scheme is working.
- An average reduction of 75% of traffic in the streets to the east.
- An average reduction of 12% of traffic on Wandsworth Bridge Road
|Survey location||Sept 2019||Sept 2020||Change|
|Bagleys Lane (South of New Kings Road)||44,990||12,675||down 72%|
|Imperial Road (East of Emden Street)||77,999||17,706||down 77%|
|New Kings Road (East of Wandsworth Bridge Road)||190,486||120,925||down 37%|
|New Kings Road (West of Wandsworth Bridge Road)||107,187||93,480||down 13%|
|Townmead Road (East of Bagleys Lane)||65,886*||29,000**||down 56%|
|Wandsworth Bridge Road (South of Studdridge Street)||157,137||148,701||down 5%|
|Wandsworth Bridge Road (South of Oakbury Road)||155,308||132,000***||down 15%|
This table shows the weekly average traffic flows for roads in South Fulham (East), with figures taken from September 2019 and September 2020
* Data from October 2019
** Estimate based on counters at Wandsworth Bridge and Imperial Road
*** Estimate based on counters at Wandsworth Bridge
- Text description of the map showing how to access the restricted streets without going through the control cameras
Streets covered by the scheme 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.
- Restricted roads involved in the South Fulham scheme
- Harwood Terrace – westbound only outside the Rose pub
- Bagley’s Lane between Cresford Road and Harwood Terrace (access permitted for deliveries to properties on restricted street)
- Broughton Road between Langford Road and Broughton Road Approach (access permitted for deliveries to properties on restricted street)
- Hazelbury Road at the junction with Cranbury Road
- Imperial Road between Fulmead Street and Emden Street
There are no restrictions on Carnwath Road and no changes to the access to Broomhouse Lane which has an existing width restriction gate at just North of Daisy lane. Signs appear at these junctions and others to warn drivers that they are entering an area with some restricted roads east of Wandsworth Bridge Road.
Developing next steps
H&F engineers are continuing to actively monitor progress of the scheme against the objectives of reducing traffic, pollution and congestion which have been agreed with local resident working groups.
Frequently asked questions
SW6 scheme PCN enforcement data and parking accounts
The spreadsheets below provide the following information:
- an enforcement breakdown by month since the beginning of the scheme in August 2020 until January 2022
- parking accounts summary from 2013/14 to 2020/21