The Covid-19 pandemic created new challenges in Harrow including the need to socially distance and reduced capacity on public transport.
The Streetspace programme is an opportunity to trial changes that could have long lasting benefits to Harrow’s environment and public health. At the same time the programme seeks to reduce the impact of the climate emergency, creating safer neighbourhoods and improving road safety.
We’ll do this by creating more space for pedestrians on narrow footpaths in areas of high footfall to allow people to maintain social distancing, introducing new cycle lanes, and implementing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and school streets to provide space for active travel and exercise.
In normal circumstances, we would have engaged with the community before introducing changes like these. However, we had to introduce these temporary schemes as quickly as possible. This was in response to the massive reduction in public transport capacity caused by:
- coronavirus restrictions
- the need to create safe spaces for pedestrians to social distance
- a requirement of the conditions for government funding
We will be working continuously with the community to make sure we deliver schemes that work locally.
These schemes are being delivered in two stages:
- Immediately creating temporary low traffic neighbourhoods, school streets, widening pavements and creating cycle lanes (complete).
- Developing proposals for permanent schemes, which will be informed by engaging with the local community and learning lessons from the temporary schemes.
The Streetspace programme includes:
Creating more space for pedestrians
We have widened pavements and/or introduced one way flows on narrow pavements (less than 3m wide) with high footfall mainly at shopping parades, bus stops and stations where the restricted width make social distancing difficult to follow.
- PS-01 - Station Road (near Civic Centre) shops and mosque
- PS-02 - The Bridge, Harrow and Wealdstone Station entrance
- PS-09 - Northolt Road service road (near Petts Hill) – Shopping parade
- PS-11 - Kenton Lane service road (near Belmont Circle) - Shopping parade
- PS-12 - High Road, Harrow Weald shops between Weald Lane and The Meadow Way - bus stop
- PS-13 - Porlock Avenue (near) Shaftesbury Circle) - bus stop near shops and school
Cycle lanes were introduced to provide direct and convenient cycle connections between local and district centres to support local journeys to work, shops, green spaces. The cycle lanes have expanded Harrow’s cycle network by reallocating road space from vehicles to cycles. They are located at:
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School streets have been introduced in areas where residents, have in the past, asked for our help to address the ongoing issues of speeding and high levels of traffic on narrow residential roads.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)
- LTN-02 Pinner View area, Headstone South
- LTN-03 Francis Road area, Greenhill
- LTN-04 Vaughan Road area, West Harrow
- LTN-06 Southfield Park area, Headstone South
- SS-01 Grimsdyke Primary School
- SS-02 Newton Farm Primary School
- SS-03 Marlborough Primary School
- SS-04 Park High Secondary School
How can I get involved?
You can tell us how the temporary scheme is working through our Commonplace pages. If you sign up on the Commonplace news page, we will send you project updates.
Tell us about your experience of the Streetspace schemes.
The page will close for feedback on 31 March 2021, so don’t miss your opportunity to have your say.
All the schemes will be trialled for 6 months and will then be reviewed and reported to the Council's Traffic & Road Safety Advisory Panel (TARSAP) to consider their future.
TARSAP can consider removing the schemes, extending the trial up to a maximum of 18 months or to make the schemes permanent.
The schemes are reviewed every month to consider their local impact and to decide whether changes are required.
This takes account of traffic surveys and views of local residents and businesses, ward councillors and key stakeholders such as schools, emergency services.