2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results
While Newham took a big leap forward on some measures during the pandemic including delivering Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), little has changed this year and overall Newham is one of the lower scoring Inner London boroughs, second only to Lewisham.
Newham has an exceptionally high rate of LTNs (40% of streets are covered, although these are predominantly historic LTNs) and nearly total coverage of controlled parking (89% of streets) – and these are real achievements – so where are the opportunities for improvement? School Streets coverage is relatively low currently: only 12% of schools have traffic-free School Streets (up from 9% in 2021). This compares to the leading borough Islington where 49% of schools now have a School Street. And unlike many boroughs it has not yet introduced a borough-wide 20mph speed limit (only 41% of boroughs streets are covered, where in many boroughs 100% of borough-managed roads are now covered).
These measures should be deliverable within financial constraints and, if the borough also delivers more LTNs, as well as action on protected cycle lanes, it could easily become a leader within a short period of time. In a borough where more than half of households don’t have a car (52%), change can’t happen fast enough.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard combine scores for nine indicators to create an overall Healthy Streets score for each borough. See the graph below for 2022 results (includes 2019 – 2021 results for comparison). For more detail visit the London-wide overview of the 2022 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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