South Fulham Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction scheme

Reducing traffic, congestion and pollution in South Fulham streets

The South Fulham Traffic, Congestion and Pollution Reduction Scheme (TCPR) was launched in July 2020. Since the TCPR trial 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. 
                
The TCPR 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 TCPR, 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 who's vehicles are registered to and H&F address, as well as visitors and trades people with day permits, to access all areas freely. 

See Giving visitors and contractors open access

Streets covered by the TCPR 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. 

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 TCPR area without penalty. Please note that this is not a residents parking permit and does not provide you with residential parking.

Giving visitors, deliveries and contractors open access

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 TCPR area, allowing them to drive through camera points without penalty.

Here’s how:
  1. Register for a Resident Visitor Permit at www.lbhf.gov.uk/rvp or call 020 7371 5678. 
  2. Register via the RingGo App or the website (www.myringgo.co.uk).
  3. Supply the registration number of the visitor’s vehicle via the RingGo App, website or telephone.

Please note:

  • 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 enquiries@lbhfparking.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 TCPR 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 enquiries@lbhfparking.com or call 020 7371 5678

  • Smart tech puts residents in control
    Unlike traffic schemes in other places that close streets, our pioneering TCPR keeps streets open and dedicates them to residents and their visitors. 

    The TCPR 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 TCPR 

  • 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 scheme
    The South Fulham TCPR 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 TCPR 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 TCPR 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 enquiries@lbhfparking.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 TCPR 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
South Fulham (East): Weekly traffic volume data
Survey location Sept 2019 Sept 2020 Change
Bagleys Lane (South of New Kings Rd) 44,990 12,675 down 72%
Imperial Road (East of Emden St) 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 St) 157,137 148,701 down 5%
Wandsworth Bridge Road South of Oakbury Rd) 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

Map showing the South Fulham TCPR scheme and how non-residents can avoid the cameras

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Image caption: Image 1: Map of the area of South Fulham where the TCPR has been implemented
  • Text description of the map showing how to access the restricted streets without going through the control cameras

    Streets covered by the TCPR scheme remain freely open to all residents of H&F. The TCPR 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 TCPR 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.

    Detailed maps for each junction showing camera location and signage (pdf)

Tackling air pollution

Over the last few weeks, 56 air quality monitors (AGMs) have been 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 shortly be made publicly available. 

H&F engineers will use data from traffic counters and the AQMs to highlight trouble-spots and benchmark the success of the TCPR schemes, including the key aim of reducting air pollution. 

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 parkingpermits@lbhf.gov.uk. London black cabs are automatically exempt.

Residents tell us some Uber drivers are reluctant to enter the TCPR zone because they don’t realise they can access streets without going through a camera. Our engineers are working with Uber to update their navigation systems and educate drivers. The map on this page shows how drivers can enter and exit without penalty.

Developing next steps

H&F engineers are continuing to actively monitor progress of the TCPR against the objectives of reducing traffic, pollution and congestion which have been agreed with local resident working groups. To enable further improvements, the scheme remains in the trial phase under an Experimental Traffic Order.

Residents and ward councillors to the west of Wandsworth Bridge Road are in discussions about a possible extension of the TCPR scheme for their area.

At the request of residents, council officers are looking to develop a dedicated TCPR app to streamline the visitor booking process.

Officers are also continuing to explore public realm improvements to improve the flow of traffic and reduce pollution levels on Wandsworth Bridge Road.

Frequently asked questions

For further information please visit our TCPR scheme frequently asked questions