A21 Lewisham - Catford

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 1 Jul 2020


As London continues to emerge from the lockdown we will need to help people to walk and cycle more often, to reduce demand for public and private transport to essential trips only. 

The A21 is a busy corridor for traffic, including buses. For the section of the A21 between Lewisham and Catford, around 50% of the trips made are less than 10km in length, so there is a significant potential for additional people to cycle here. There have been a large number of collisions along the A21 involving a number of vulnerable people. The London Borough of Lewisham is working to introduce several Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes throughout the area, and the temporary changes we plan will completement these schemes. 

TfL and Lewisham will monitor the impact of the changes, including banned turns, to ensure that local impacts can be addressed. The banned turns being introduced as part of the scheme are essential for the safety of people cycling in the area.

The map below gives an overview of the changes we will be making.

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A21 Lewisham - Catford overview map (PDF 5.71MB)

The temporary changes we will be making are: 

  • The existing bus lanes will be operational 24 hours a day/seven days a week and will also be accessible to cyclists
  • We will introduce a new bus stop bypass to protect cycles and provide further pavement space for pedestrians
  • We will introduce a new 20mph speed limit throughout the scheme
  • We will provide 490m of protected cycle space, including lightly segregated cycle lanes using cylinders along Molesworth Street and parts of Lewisham High Street
  • We will provide approximately 150m of new bus lanes
  • We will ban the left turn from Ladywell Road to A21 except buses, cycles and taxis, and the right turn from Courthill Road to A21 except buses, cycles and taxis. We will also ban the right turn into Wildfell Road for southbound traffic
  • Four side roads to be made exit only (except cycles): Rosenthal Road, Felday Road, Roxley Road and Mount Pleasant road
  • 80m of parking and loading bays removed from A21, 20m of which are being relocated to side roads. Furthermore, there are existing loading bays on side roads close enough to be used as alternatives
  • One pelican crossing will be converted to a toucan crossing, which cyclists can also use

These are described in more detail in the pack of maps below. 

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A21 Lewisham - Catford layout maps (PDF 540KB)

Although we are not undertaking a formal consultation on any Streetspace schemes, we would like to know about your experiences of them. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at: streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk 

We will continue to monitor the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. This includes their effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have written to local people, businesses and other stakeholders to explain what changes we have made and encouraged them to provide us their views and experiences of the changes. We will listen carefully to the feedback we receive. 

Where we believe that there is a need to amend the highway to address an immediate danger or risk to people from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do so. In line with guidance from the Department for Transport, we are using a Temporary Traffic Order to do so. 

We are hereby publishing notice of our intention to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to implement the changes we described above. The TRO itself explains in summary what changes we intend to make and provides a legal basis for them to be made temporarily, for a maximum of 18 months. Download notice of our intention to make the TRO by selecting the link below. 

Traffic Order GLA-2020-0498

TfL is required to publish the made TRO within 14 days. Once the ‘Made TRO’ has been published we will make it available for download here.

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