2021 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
Newham drops from 12th to 14th place and has the second lowest overall score of the Inner London boroughs. This is despite it holding one of the highest scores on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) and there is much to be positive about in Newham: it’s just that other boroughs have done more to improve their streets and so increased their ranking.
The biggest improvements for Newham have been in the installation of several new LTNs under the Streetspace programme, so now 40% of roads which are appropriate for an LTN have one, with the fourth highest score of all boroughs (and not too far away from leader Hackney at 55%). Newham also delivered School Streets, where traffic is restricted around schools at arrival and departure times, rapidly last year, and now 9% of schools have a School Street (though this is far away from leaders Merton with 41%)
Newham has protected cycle track on 7% of its roads compared to leaders City of London on 21%. The borough scores well on controlled parking with 89% of roads covered but less well on 20mph speed limits where only 41% of roads are covered (the lowest rate of Inner London boroughs, many of which are now at 100%).
The proportion of trips made by public transport, walking and cycling is just outside the top ten but Newham has the highest proportion of public transport use across all boroughs. Active travel rates need to improve as with all boroughs.
Overall this is a great base to work from and Newham can rise up the ranks next year with some strong action on cycle lanes, 20mph speed limits, and more LTNs and School Streets.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2021 results (includes 2020 and 2019 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2021 results. You can also:
Scorecard (factored score) chart explained
In the chart above, each borough has been given a factored score. Factor scores are composite variables which provide information about a borough’s placement on a scale. Factor scores are given by F=XB, where X is the indicator normalised score for a borough and B is the factor score coefficient (or weight). Each indicator is weighted as 1, or 0.5 if there are two parts to one indicator, for example Modeshare has a weighting of 1, Active travel – walking has a weighting of 0.5 and Active travel – cycling has a weighting of 0.5. The borough’s total factored score is the sum of all indicator factored scores which is then factored to 10 (multiplied by the number of indicators/10) to give a value on the scale between zero and 10. We can then compare boroughs against each other on the scale.
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