Proposed changes to the TfL Lane Rental Scheme (TLRS) locations and timing designations which will also affect its Traffic Sensitive Streets designations

Closed 14 Mar 2014

Opened 13 Feb 2014

Results updated 14 May 2014

We have now completed the consultation on plans to amend the locations and timing designations of the TfL Lane Rental scheme (TLRS). We received a total of five responses to the consultation which have now been reviewed. As a result of that review we have reached the decision that there were no amendments required to its proposals to change the Transport for London Lane Rental Scheme locations and timings following the consultation.

 A copy of the consultation report can be found below.



The TfL Lane Rental Scheme (TLRS) was introduced on 11th June 2012. The TLRS applies to 57% of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) and is designed to minimise disruption due to road works and street works in specified traffic-sensitive locations by applying a daily charge for each day that the street is occupied by the works. The daily charge is not applied if the works take place outside traffic-sensitive times. The scheme therefore provides a mechanism for providing all activity promoters with an incentive to change behaviour and minimise their occupation of the street at traffic-sensitive times at the most traffic-sensitive locations.

As well as promoting behaviour change to minimise the duration of street works in TLRS segments, other key objectives of the scheme are to minimise the number of works taking place during traffic-sensitive times and the disruption caused to traffic in these locations, by reducing journey times and improving journey time reliability (JTR). Please note that this consultation is only in relation to the designation of the locations timings and charge bands of the TLRS and not in relation to the detail of the scheme itself.

Why are we consulting?

Since the TLRS was implemented a number of factors have been examined which have lead to the conclusion that the TLRS areas should be updated to ensure the scheme continues to cover the area where it will bring the most benefit, so that the aim of the scheme – to reduce disruption in traffic-sensitive areas caused by road works and street works – can be maximised.

There are three underlying elements that have driven the need for change:

  • Changes to the road network - There are areas of the TLRN which have been changed as a result of major schemes and improvement works, some to such an extent that traffic flows and carriageway widths have changed significantly and as such it is no longer justifiable to charge promoters to implement works in these locations. In addition to physical changes, it is inevitable that over time traffic volumes in certain areas will change as a result of a many varying circumstances. Such changes will result in certain areas that were once deemed as highly traffic-sensitive to now be less so, and vice versa.
  • Improvements in data used to analyse the road network - The data used in analysing the network is now more sensitive than that which was used in the original TLRS calculations. For example, carriageway width can now be calculated accurately at 10 metre intervals, meaning the average segment width used in calculations is a far more accurate reflection of actual carriageway width.
  • Changes in priority - Due to the high level of bus usage in certain areas of London and the importance of the bus network in these areas, it was more appropriate to analyse the network using people movement to gauge segment sensitivity instead of vehicle flow.  This allows us to capture the number of people affected, rather than the number of vehicles.


These changes have been reflected by using a different algorithm to calculate the segments on which the TLRS is most relevant and by taking into account the impact of works.

To find out more, read our Consultation Document.

Have your say

Please give us your views by completing the online consultation form below. Following the review of the consultation responses, we plan to implement the final changes no earlier than the 1 July 2014.

This consultation is part of the process which fulfils the requirement for TfL to consult on the required changes to the Traffic Sensitive records.


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