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‘HEALTHY ROUTE’ sees new restrictions placed on cars and taxis using Southbank Spine Route

Lambeth Council has launched a trial of ‘Healthy Route interventions’ along the renowned Southbank ‘Spine Route’ meaning cabbies will no longer be able to travel the length of Upper Ground to Belvedere Road.

The route, encompassing the streets around Waterloo Bridge, Jubilee Gardens, Southbank Centre, and Bernie Spain Gardens, serves as a crucial link for millions of people annually, providing access to world-famous cultural institutions such as the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, and the National Theatre.

The council's initiative includes the implementation of Experimental Traffic Orders (ETOs) to introduce the ‘Healthy Route’ and trial various street improvements that aim to enhance the overall experience for pedestrians and cyclists while ensuring road safety remains a top priority.

During this trial period, Lambeth Council will closely monitor traffic levels to assess the effectiveness of the proposed changes. The key alterations being made to the Spine Route include:

1. Upper Ground, at Waterloo Bridge: The installation of new traffic filters aims to reduce road dangers faced by cyclists exiting the bridge. Additionally, a series of coach parking bays near the bridge's ramp will be removed to further enhance safety for cyclists.

2. Upper Ground, at Bernie Spain Gardens: A new one-way section will be introduced on the eastbound part of Upper Ground, spanning from Duchy Street to Broadwall. However, westbound cycling will still be permitted via a protected cycle lane to facilitate the flow of contraflow traffic.

Lambeth Council is keen to engage with the public throughout this trial period and encourages individuals to provide their feedback on the Experimental Traffic Order. This feedback mechanism will be operational during the initial six months of the 12-18 month trial, offering residents and users of the Spine Route an opportunity to voice their opinions and share their experiences.


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