WeAreWaterloo would like to improve the Lower Marsh street and market environment and are currently investigating whether a timed road closure of Lower Marsh Street during trading hours would be beneficial for the community. This is a collaboration between WeAreWaterloo and the Cross River Partnership and aims to understand whether timed traffic restrictions would have a positive impact on three key areas:
a) Air Quality
b) Safety (reduction to risk for crowded places)
c) Placemaking and the relationship between shops and market traders
By making the street cleaner, safer and quieter, WeAreWaterloo aims to make the market and shops a more pleasant place to visit and work. Businesses, residents and traders will be contacted for their views, and the final report will be shared before the end of May.
WeAreWaterloo has been awarded £25,000 to develop a set of improvements to Cornwall Road which will deliver the first ‘Greenway’ – part of a network of pleasant, low pollution walking routes. Greenways will remind local residents and workers to consider how changing their route can reduce exposure to harmful toxins, and Cornwall Road was chosen because it has been measured as 70% less polluted than parallel Waterloo Road. The project serves to highlight and attract footfall to the street via a variety of interventions, such as additional planting, beautification, lighting and artwork. This includes the installation of Pocket Parks on Secker Street and Leake Street; murals highlighting the Greenways created by local designers; lighting under archways and planters dotted around the local area. Find out more information about the Greenways project here.
Walking Maps and Air Quality Map
Air Quality Monitoring
As well as our live air quality map, WeAreWaterloo also supports any monitoring of air quality in the area, such as the Love Lambeth Air project measuring nitrogen dioxide.
Freight Consolidation and Click/Collect site
An increasingly effective way of reducing traffic congestion to improve air quality is through consolidating business freight and deliveries. If your business is interested in exploring this, please contact us. Having online shopping sent to your work address also adds to traffic congestion and air pollution. By using a ‘click & collect’ service you can help reduce the number of vans on our streets, making Waterloo a nicer, safer and healthier place to visit, shop and work. Our bespoke site can help you to locate the click and collection options in your area.