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Harper Road: 2-metre width restriction to block rat-run

London SE1 website team

An experimental width restriction has been introduced on Harper Road and Bath Terrace to deter lorries from using the street as a shortcut to avoid the Elephant & Castle junction.

Harper Road: 2-metre width restriction to block rat-run
The width restriction has been introduced outside the mosque on Harper Road

Residents of the Rockingham Estate brought a deputation to Borough, Bankside & Walworth Community Council in October 2016 to highlight the increase in traffic on Harper Road since the remodelling of the Elephant & Castle junction.

Southwark Council says that traffic surveys have shown that there is "an excessive volume of large vehicles on the route, which causes problems for residents, schoolchildren, pedestrians and cyclists".

On Maundy Thursday Southwark Council introduced an experimental two-metre width restriction on Harper Road and Bath Terrace.

The trial will last until the autumn and comments from the public have been invited.

Other projects to be carried out by the council in the Harper Road area include works on Dickens Square Park and improvements to the parade of shops. The road will also be part of the forthcoming 'Southwark Spine' cycle route.

• Details of the traffic calming measures – and the public consultation – can be found at

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