Motor traffic will no longer be able to use Webber Street as a link between Blackfriars Road and The Cut under proposals for a Blackfriars Low Traffic Neighbourhood published this week.
The Blackfriars Low Traffic Neighbourhood is being introduced jointly by Lambeth and Southwark councils in response to complaints of rat-running in the streets west of Blackfriars Road and east of Waterloo Road since through motor traffic was banned from The Cut in October last year.
The scheme has been funded by £283,000 from the Department for Transport as part of its nationwide programme of measures to promote walking and cycling during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
This closure would be enforced using automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras, so emergency vehicles would still be able to travel the whole length of the street.
Webber Street is part of the Quietway 1 cycle route linking Waterloo with Greenwich.
A second phase of Blackfriars LTN measures – including the closure of Ufford Street to through motor traffic – will be subject to further consultation.
In a report published this week, project manager Alexander Rozema said that "major issues have been highlighted specifically regarding the reduction of access causing a disproportionate effect on journey times for local residents".
Mr Rozema added that the changes were being proposed "in order to re Balance the impact of the scheme, whilst ensuring alignment with Southwark's response to COVID-19".
If approved by Cllr Catherine Rose, Southwark's cabinet member for leisure, environment and roads, the first phase of the Blackfriars LTN and the changes to the GSS LTN are due to be introduced around Easter.
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