South Fulham TCPR - frequently asked questions
How can I comment on this scheme?
You can tell us what you think of this scheme on our South Fulham TCPR consultation site.
Why is the traffic so bad in Fulham?
A lot of it is caused by traffic from south of the river and the west. With Wandsworth Bridge Road at traffic capacity, satellite navigation and smart devices mean that many out-of-borough motorists are using residential side streets as a rat-run.
How will this new scheme reduce traffic?
The latest smart camera technology will enable us to install control points in residential streets and to identify and issue penalty charge notices to non-H&F residents who rat run through them. We expect these drivers to seek alternative routes.
Which ‘permitted vehicles’ can pass the control points without being penalised?
H&F residents top the list of those permitted to drive through the control points without penalty. Other permitted vehicles are as below:
- Visitors with visitor permits (see below)
- Business permit holder
- Black taxis
- Buses and coaches
- Royal Mail postal vehicles
- Council services and contractors (e.g. refuse and recycling, housing repairs, social care)
- Emergency services.
Will I need to register for an access permit?
If you have a valid parking permit, you won’t need to register – we’ll automatically create a free access permit on our system so you can drive through the control points without penalty.
Vehicles registered to an H&F address will be added to a permitted list, exempt from the restrictions and the registered keeper of the vehicles will not be sent a fine.
If you’re a resident but your vehicle is not registered to an H&F address (for example company, hire and courtesy cars), please apply for a borough access permit with supporting documents and we’ll create a free access permit for you on the system. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you use a car club vehicle with an H&F permit, we’ll automatically create a free access permit on our system so you can drive through the control points.
Will warning notices be issued or will non-permitted drivers be penalised straightaway?
Warning notices will no longer be issued. If you are new to the area and drive through you will get a PCN.
How can visitors, deliverers, builders, mini cabs, private hire vehicles and other non-residents avoid a penalty?
Anyone non-resident can reach any property in the area without needing to go through a control point.
Delivery drivers, tradespeople, mini cabs, private hire vehicles and other non-residents should use these alternative routes.
Small sections of Bagleys Lane and Broughton Road are within a control point and have “for access” signs. Cameras will see if a vehicle is making a delivery or picking up so they won’t get penalised.
To discourage rat running, the new access controls are different from parking controls and apply 24/7. This means that visitor permits are required even outside controlled parking hours or if the visitor parks in a bay.
So if a visitor chooses in advance to reach you by driving through control points (bearing in mind that they can access the area without doing this), you must apply for an on-street visitor permit for them so they can drive through control points on the day.
There is a charge per hour for permits at times when parking is controlled and they are free when parking is free.
Even if your visitor intends to park on your driveway or a private car park, and not the street, you will still need to get them an off-street visitor permit. This will be free.
Motorcycles can still park on the street for free but will now require a free visitor permit to drive through a control point without being penalised.
For more information, read about visitor permits.
Is it possible to avoid the cameras and control points?
Yes. All of South Fulham remains accessible without driving through one of the control points. The aim is to stop non-H&F residents rat running through residential streets.
What if you go through a control point but then pay for parking?
Non-H&F residents will receive a penalty charge notice if they drive through the control points at any time even if they then use a pay and display bay. To stop rat running, all visitors who plan to drive though a control point on arrival or departure, even if they don’t park in a bay, must have a visitor permit in advance.
What if you go through a control point outside parking control hours?
The new access controls are separate from parking controls so a penalty charge notice will be issued. The access control points operate 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Will this scheme cause congestion west of Wandsworth Bridge Road?
We don’t expect so as during the experimental closure of Harwood Terrace it didn’t happen. But we have installed a camera to monitor this and will also use automatic traffic counters. We urge residents to give us feedback on the South Fulham Streets West consultation. at
How about reducing traffic west of Wandsworth Bridge Road?
We’re developing a plan for this. Our monitoring will help determine the best locations for access restrictions, as will the feedback we get on the South Fulham Streets West consultation.
Won’t this cause congestion, slow buses and increase air pollution?
We expect South Fulham traffic to reduce overall as out-of-borough traffic stops cutting through residential streets. Local traffic should flow more easily and air quality improves.
Why not adjust the New Kings Road and Bagleys Lane traffic lights to let more cars pass?
On its own, that wouldn’t reduce traffic – hence this new scheme. But we’ll work with Transport for London, who control traffic lights, to see if improvements can be made.
Isn’t this just a money-making scheme by exploiting drivers?
Far from it. We want to make all our streets safer and less congested, with cleaner air. Only rat-running non-residents will be penalised, encouraging them to use alternative routes.
Isn’t this all due to the gasworks development by Harwood Terrace?
No. High traffic volumes and congestion on residential roads are a long-standing problem. This scheme aims to reduce traffic across the area.
Why not open the Chelsea Harbour road to all residents to relieve pressure?
The road is private and has been gated by the owners.
If I have an unexpected visitor who gets a penalty, can they apply retrospectively for a visitors’ permit to be let off the charge?
No. You need to buy a permit by midnight on the same day to avoid your visitor being penalised. To tackle rat running, the permits are 24/7 and for access, not parking, so you must get one even if parking on private land. They’re free after parking hours.
How about making the Wandsworth Bridge Road and Townmead Road crossing safer?
The scheme will make the junction safer by reducing traffic. Measurement and resident feedback will help identify any further improvements for TfL and the council to make.
Where will the cameras and warning signs be located?
Restricted streets include:
- Harwood Terrace - westbound
- 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