Decision details

Covent Garden Neighbourhood Traffic Management Scheme Experimental Traffic Order.

Decision Maker: Executive Director City Management and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The Covent Garden Neighbourhood Traffic Management Scheme (NTM) involves the

implementation of a series of measures with the objective of reducing through traffic

across the whole Covent Garden district (the district by area is located approx. 70% in City of Westminster (WCC) and 30% in London Borough of Camden (LBC)). These

measures include the introduction of pedestrian and cycle zones, traffic directional

changes and banned turns.


It is intended the scheme is implemented on a trial basis using an experimental traffic

order (ETO) with a maximum duration of 18 months. Impacts would be monitored during this trial period and minor changes made where necessary and if a problem is identified.


A final public consultation will be held towards the end of the ETO period together with a review of the scheme monitoring data. A further decision will then be sought on whether the scheme should be made permanent.


The scheme proposals have undergone extensive stakeholder and public engagement and the level of support is positive across both authorities.


WCC have obtained funding from Transport for London to cover the full estimated cost of the scheme following the approval of our funding application in December 2020. This is a WCC led project and has been developed jointly and in close collaboration with LBC.




This report seeks approval from the Executive Director Environment & City Management to:


1.     Proceed to the detailed design and implement the proposals identified in this report, together with capital expenditure set out in the report necessary to implement the proposals.

2.     Further decision making, such as detailed design and minor amendments to the ETO, that do not require further public consultation, are delegated to the Director of City Highways.


The scheme covers areas within the City of Westminster as well as within Camden and as such approval to proceed is also being sought in parallel by Camden officers with their respective decision makers. Camden members and officers have been supportive of these proposals from the outset.

Publication date: 22/11/2021

Date of decision: 22/11/2021

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