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Covent Garden Neighbourhood Traffic Management proposals

Find out about proposals for a Neighbourhood Traffic Management (NTM) scheme in Covent Garden

Published: 17 August 2021

Last updated: 14 September 2021

Westminster City Council and the London Borough of Camden are working together to deliver a Neighbourhood Traffic Management (NTM) scheme in Covent Garden. 

The scheme aims to enhance the area for residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists by reducing motorised traffic, cutting carbon emissions, improving air quality, encouraging cycling and walking, enhancing the public realm and supporting local businesses. The proposals have been developed following a series of meetings and conversations with residents and business groups in Covent Garden, to ensure it addresses local traffic issues and benefits those that visit, work and live in the area.

We asked local residents, businesses and stakeholders to give their feedback on the proposed changes. The consultation closed on 13 September.

All the questionnaire responses received will now be considered by Westminster and Camden Councils. If the scheme is approved, it will be carried out using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). The ETO would be published in autumn 2021 and would be in place for up to 18 months.

During this trial period, we would closely monitor the impact of the scheme and further changes could be made if necessary. Local stakeholders would have further opportunities to provide comments throughout the trial.

At the end of the ETO period, we would hold a final consultation before deciding whether to make the scheme permanent. That consultation will consider all of the data collected on the scheme alongside comments received through Commonplace.

We have also undertaken consultation on the future of al fresco dining in Covent Garden. Read more about al fresco dining proposals.