Southwark

Streetspace for London

We are working with your borough to widen pavements at town centres and transport hubs, create temporary cycle routes on our transport network and create low traffic neighbourhoods.

We are also upgrading the existing cycle route from Merton to Elephant and Castle by creating sections of temporary segregation for example.

The Green Man Authority

We've updated traffic lights at pedestrian crossings so pedestrians will see a continuous green man signal unless a vehicle is approaching. In that case, the red man will appear.

This initiative, unique to the UK, is part of our wider Streetspace for London programme. 

The Green Man Authority technique has been installed in Southwark at:

  • Saint George's Way by Ebley Close
  • Tooley Street by Hays Lane
  • Tooley Street by Duke Street Hill

Latest changes to travel

There are temporary changes to travel in London while we work on supporting the restart of the Capital including:

Consultation on operating hours of bus lanes in London 

As part of London Streetspace programme, we're proposing to trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of bus lanes across London to make bus journeys faster and more reliable. 

We want to make sure that people choosing to travel on the bus network have the safest, quickest and most reliable journey at all times of the day. Proposals follow recent extensions to bus lane hours that have seen improvements to speeds and reliability.  

The trial of 24/7 bus lanes is planned to be in place for at least six months to ensure we have enough time to properly monitor the effectiveness of the trial and any impacts. Find out more and share your views at any time online or by emailing betterbusjourneys@tfl.gov.uk.  

Funding for your borough

We provide funding to boroughs and local communities for transport improvements in your local area.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP)

The LIP is produced by the London Borough of Southwark and agreed with us. It sets out the details on transport infrastructure changes in a three-year period to support the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

The LIP funding stream provided by TfL to help our partners in the boroughs and the City of London has been paused while we focus on measures to increase walking and cycling and to ensure social distancing on our network.

Find out more about LIP funding.

LIP targets for Southwark

Each borough has set targets in their LIP against the Mayor's Transport Strategy outcomes - we track and report on progress against these targets in the LIP3 MTS outcomes borough data pack.

For example, the car ownership in the borough was 59,721 in 2017. The LIP target to reduce car ownership by 2021 is 57,100.

Residents in Southwark made an average of 698,000 trips each day between 2015 and 2018 by:

  • Car and motorcycle: 22%
  • Tube/DLR: 9%
  • National Rail and London Overground: 8%
  • Bus/Tram: 18%
  • Taxi/Other: 2%
  • Cycle: 5%
  • Walking: 36%

We also work with boroughs to encourage more cycling. We recorded 28,992 daily cycle trips on average starting in Southwark between 2015 and 2018.

More resident and visitor population figures are on the GLA website.

Vision Zero

We are working with boroughs to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from all road collisions to zero by 2041. They are responsible for enforcing safe speeds on their roads, as well as leading community programmes to encourage using roads safely. Find out more about Vision Zero.

In 2017 there were 151 individuals killed or seriously injured in Southwark. Our target for 2022 is to reduce this number to 90.

Find out more about collisions in your borough.

What we're working on in Southwark

Work now going on in your borough includes:

  • Peckham town centre - our plans for the A202 Peckham High Street between Collyer Place and Peckham Hill Street would make it safer and more comfortable to walk, cycle or use public transport in the area
  • Cycleway 4 - the Tooley Street and Jamaica Road sections should be finished in spring 2020, in time for the London Marathon. We're discussing how much we might pay towards the Lower Road part of the scheme
  • Bakerloo line extension - we hope to extend the line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham, running along Old Kent Road where we propose putting two new stations
  • Healthy High Streets - Peckham High Street improvements will include de-cluttering the pavements and adding new trees and planters  to help green the local area

Bus network changes

From time to time - after consulting the public - we alter bus routes to reflect changing patterns in demand. We also make temporary changes, often because of road works. See the latest bus changes.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

To improve air quality the ULEZ was introduced to parts of Southwark in April 2019 and will extend to the rest of the borough from October 2021.

Our assets in Southwark

Assets we maintain in your borough include:

  • Six Tube stations
  • Six London Overground stations
  • Around 620 bus stops - see all 66 day bus routes in Southwark
  • Two bus stations and Walworth bus garage
  • One TfL pier (Bankside)
  • 46 Santander Cycles docking stations
  • Cycle Superhighway 7 which runs from Merton to the City of London
  • Nine taxi ranks
  • Around 270 traffic signals
  • Over 23 kilometres of red routes

See a map of our assets in London.

We maintain our assets until they need to be renewed or disposed of as set out in our asset management plan. We do this by:

  • Servicing them regularly to keep them operational
  • Repairing or replacing faulty assets

Report a problem on a London street with our Streetcare tool.

We do not maintain in Southwark:

  • Non-red route roads - these are maintained by Southwark
  • Litter removal on red routes - this is also the borough's responsibility
  • Network Rail track at London Overground stations - contact Network Rail. Track and signals between Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays is owned and maintained by us
  • Taxis and mini cabs - these are owned by taxi drivers and minicab offices
  • Coaches
  • Taxi ranks on borough roads. Cars and other vehicles parked on taxi ranks can be reported to Southwark

Report private hire vehicles (PHVs) parked on ranks or unattended taxis on ranks directly to us.

Dealing with severe weather

For documents relating to winter service in the boroughs, go to the Streets publications page.