Dulwich Village Streets for People Initial Ideas - Tell us what you think

Closed 20 Nov 2022

Opened 10 Oct 2022


Tell us what you want to see in the future design for the heart of Dulwich Village.

*Please note - the closing date for this survey has been extended to 20th November*

In early summer this year, we revisited the area around the junctions of Dulwich Village with Calton Avenue and Turney Road. We looked at how well the area was working for all kinds of road users, and we spoke with hundreds of people on the street. We talked to local schools and the children attending them, and to local businesses. Now we want to work with the whole community to design the future, permanent shape of this area at the heart of Dulwich.

The initial design ideas are led by three core objectives:

Community – A place for people from the local and wider area to enjoy so that Dulwich Village is inclusive for all

Safety – the whole junction should be safe and easier to use from all approaches, whether you walk, wheel, cycle and/or drive

Destination and connection – the space will help make Dulwich Village a place for people to visit and connect people across south London 

We have developed two initial designs. Outline sketches are below, but you can see them in more detail in the 'Dulwich Village Noticeboards' document.

Initial idea 1:

Initial design idea 1 - plan view

Initial idea 2:

Initial idea 2 - plan view

Both designs include key features:-

  • A permanent pedestrianised space next to the north parade of shops and cafes - this space will be open to the community for arts, entertainment or market stalls, as well as for sitting and relaxing
  • Raising the whole junction, so crossings on all four arms are flat and follow natural 'desire lines', safer and easier for people walking and especially wheeling
  • Removing motor vehicle traffic and parking on the easternmost section of Turney Road - creating additional space in front of the school, a shorter crossing for people on foot or in wheelchair, and linking the northern and southern sections of Dulwich Village
  • Dedicated cycle lanes, with signalised crossings, ensuring routes are safe and clear for walking, wheeling or cycling. A two-stage right turn from Dulwich Village will make that route much safer for inexperienced cyclists and those in adapted cycles

'Before and after' view of the proposed changes at the Calton Avenue junction:

'Before and after' view of the proposed changes at the Turney Road junction:



'Before and after' view of the proposed changes at the Court Lane junction:



Some aspects of these designs are fixed - mostly because they are essential to ensure safety and allow the junctions to flow smoothly and permit access for emergency services.

But many other aspects - the street furniture, the planting, the character and use of the area, are open for discussion - and we very much want to hear your ideas. Please take a look at our suggestions and let us know what you think.

We carefully considered permitting access through the filtered sections of the junction to blue badge holders - but our priority is to protect the high number of people walking in this space throughout the day, including many children, elderly and disabled people. Their safety would be significantly undermined by permitting motor vehicles to access the space. Walking is the most common form of transport for all Londoners, including those with protected characteristics, and we prioritise this in all our highways measures.

We know there might also be challenges. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions at www.southwark.gov.uk/dulwich-village-sfp for information on possible impacts of this layout.

We hope to work on implementing the final design in mid 2023. This is the second phase of engagement, with a further phase to come later in the year, where we will attempt to reflect the wishes of the community in a revised design.


  • Dulwich Hill
  • Dulwich Village
  • Dulwich Wood


  • Anyone from any background


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