Walworth Road


Further information

Year completed



£4.2 million

Project Team

  • Project Management: London Borough of Southwark/Malcolm Reading Associates
  • Lead Designer: Project Centre Ltd
  • Main Contractor: FM Conway

Traffic volume

  • Pre-scheme: 75 buses/hour/direction; 20,000 pedestrians/day
  • Pre-scheme: 24-hour weekday flow >20,000 vehicles
  • 2010: 24-hour weekday flow = 18,300 vehicles (am peak hour 1,030; pm peak hour 1,080)

Traffic speed

  • Post-scheme mean speed 18 mph (85th percentile 24 mph)

Road safety

  • 36 months ‘Before’ record: 63 total collisions, of which 29 involved pedestrians or cyclists
  • 19 months ‘After’ record (factored up to 36 months): 53 total collisions, of which 30 involved pedestrians or cyclists




Bus ‘gates’ were installed at both entrances to the scheme area. Photo by Jane SebireImproved and new formal and informal crossing points along the street. Photo by Jane SebireOne of the most critical issues was the reallocation of space – carriageway to footway – to enable the street to function far better as a local high street and neighbourhood centre. Photo by Jane SebireEast Street Market. Photo by Jane SebireThe lower levels of car ownership in the area mean it’s all the more important to enhance the walkability of the local high street. Photo by Jane Sebire Easier pedestrian movement due to the removal of unnecessary street clutter and the creation of raised side street crossings.  Photo by Jane SebireRaised side street crossings. Photo by Jane SebireExtensive tree planting. Photo by Jane Sebire The Walworth Road had been dominated by traffic at the expense of pedestrians. Photo by Ian Hingley

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