Reducing Street Clutter

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Can you advise on what measures TFL is taking to actively engage in a policy designed to reduce and remove unnecessary street clutter from London's Streets, and public spaces?


Answer for Reducing Street Clutter

Answer for Reducing Street Clutter

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

We are taking steps to reduce unnecessary street furniture and road markings on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) and the public spaces for which we have responsibility. We published Streetscape Guidance in 2005 after an extensive consultation, to promote 'a quiet backdrop to the activities of the street'. It gives guidance on what street furniture and materials should be used, and the correct siting of furniture and markings to ensure that the minimum is used to meet safety requirements.

TfL's urban designers and the Architecture + Urbanism Unit have started work on a Public Realm Strategy, which will be published by Design for London. The Strategy is expected to call for three levels of intervention and the lowest level will support small-scale activities such as the removal of street clutter.

Each time an improvement scheme is implemented on the TLRN, opportunity is taken to remove unnecessary or surplus street furniture such as some elements of guardrails, posts and so on.