London SE1 community website

Should Mermaid Court be closed to through motor traffic?

London SE1 website team

Southwark Council has launched an online survey to gather views on a proposal to close Mermaid Court to through motor traffic.

Should Mermaid Court be closed to through motor traffic?

Mermaid Court – an alleyway off the east side of Borough High Street – is home to The Art Academy which has been working with the council and Better Bankside on the proposal.

"Mermaid Court is currently one-way from Borough High Street, and many of the vehicles that access the street use it to avoid the junction with Great Dover Street by St George the Martyr Church," says the council in its online consultation materials.

"Analysis of the different modes of traffic in Mermaid Court undertaken in late 2019 showed that 85 per cent of total movements through the Mermaid Court were people walking through the street.

"A traffic study of the street has been carried out to see how it can be closed to through traffic between Borough High Street and Tennis Street.

"The benefits of doing this include freeing up space to make it a safer space for people to walk or cycle through, allowing more space to support physical distancing, providing more space for on-street greening, cycle parking or seating."

The online survey is open until Monday 31 May.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

Archive
News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.