Introduction of social distancing measures on Lavender Hill

Closes 28 Feb 2021

Opened 10 Aug 2020


As part of the Covid-19 response, the Council is introducing temporary measures to create more space for people to walk and cycle safely, and assist with social distancing on Lavender Hill.

The measures are shown on the plan here and the main ones include:

  • Footway widening at the junction with Elspeth Road using water-filled barriers
  • Provision of cycle lanes to support cyclists
  • Bus lane hours of operation to be extended to 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Single yellow lines upgraded to double yellow lines
  • New loading facilities at selective adjacent side roads

The measures will be delivered via an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO)

What is an Experimental Traffic Order?

ETOs are used to deliver immediate and short-term measures that require monitoring and further review giving the council the opportunity to trial measures.

The scheme could only be made permanent via a Permanent Traffic Order following a formal decision by the council’s Strategic Planning and Transportation Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Whilst there is no requirement for formal consultation in advance of introducing the temporary measures, there is a statutory 6-month period following implementation whereby anyone may comment in writing and all comments must be considered.

An ETO can be amended or withdrawn at any time. The Council will monitor the trial scheme and review the data collected. The Council then has the option to make amendments to the scheme during the trial period to improve its effectiveness.

The ETO will come into force on 10 August.

Have your say

The Council is keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses throughout the trial period. The trial will commence on 10 August and feedback can be submitted via the 'Your comments' link below.

If you require a paper copy of the survey or a different language/format, please contact with 'Lavender Hill' in the subject line.

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