Bowes Road low traffic neighbourhood

Bowes Road (W3) area is a low traffic neighbourhood that was introduced in July 2020, on an experimental basis, made possible with funding from Transport for London (TfL). There was significant concern that large numbers of people would drive in order to avoid contact with others on public transport due to social distancing measures. This could potentially lead to a large increase in rat-run traffic through this area.

Our streets are simply not designed for some of the high levels of traffic we are seeing on local roads. This is why the council is supporting residents to choose active travel like walking or cycling wherever possible, instead of taking shorter journeys in the car.

Evidence from across London and Ealing’s trials indicates that LTNs can help that change. LTNs can help to improve air quality and cutting down on harmful pollution that affects all of our health, our environment, and the climate. With reduced volumes of through traffic in neighbourhoods, it also can make using our roads and streets safer and more pleasant, making it easier to choose alternative, car free ways of getting around.

Map of the Bowes Road scheme

Description of the scheme

There was a temporary installation of wooden planters, removable bollards and accompanying signage to discourage rat-run traffic at the following location:

  • Glendun Road – full closure at South End/East Acton Lane roundabout junction.

The emergency services and refuse vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists remain unaffected and continue to have access through the road closures. All other vehicles may have to find alternative routes. Residents continue to have access by car to their properties, but this may be via alternative directions.

Data collected to assess the impacts of Bowes Road’s LTN to April 2021

A summary of what the data indicates up to April 2021 for LTN 34: Bowes Road is as follows:

Less than 50 comments were added to the dedicated Commonplace survey on LTN 34 by 35 users made up of residents, individuals who study, work, own a business and commute through the area.

49% of users indicated that they were in favour of the scheme, while 51% were against the proposals. Approximately 1,500 households are within the area affected by LTN 34, which includes boundary roads, equating to a response rate of less than 3%, notwithstanding that all responses were from residents.

LTN 34 was designed to prevent traffic heading east along East Acton Lane towards Old Oak Common Lane and the Savoy Circus gyratory junction with the A40 from using Bowes Road to ‘leapfrog’ queues on East Acton Lane. The introduction of the LTN might therefore have been expected to have an effect on traffic levels and congestion on the eastbound approach along East Action Lane to Old Oak Common Lane/Savoy Circus.

The iBus data for this stretch of road indicates that, since the LTN became established, congestion is not a cause for concern. The Floow traffic flow data for this stretch of road indicates a noticeable increase in traffic levels in the period following the introduction of the LTN. This increase may have been partly due to the traffic generated by the major new residential development on Cezanne Road and Manet Gardens, at the north end of Foster Road, which began to become fully occupied during 2020. Eastbound traffic flows on East Acton Lane have since reduced to levels below those found during the first lockdown.

Meanwhile, feedback from Commonplace shows that the most popular comment was that scheme would support an increase in road safety, followed by enabling the area to become more cycle friendly.

During the same time, approximately 15 emails were also sent to the council, the majority asking for specific changes to be made and submitting their objection to the scheme. 

Data from air quality monitoring from the diffusion tube placed in LTN 34 demonstrate that NO2 mean concentration levels from both the LTN initiative and the baseline NO2 regular monitoring programme, over the same period, remain below the EU limit value of 40micrograms per cubic metre (µɡ/m³).

Analysis shows anti-social behaviour and crime patterns in LTNs follow a similar pattern across the borough overall, suggesting that the introduction of LTNs has not had an impact on overall crime levels.

The council continues to meet regularly with the emergency services to discuss the LTNs and work collaboratively to ensure that they feedback into the schemes. In December 2020, the council agreed to remove all bollards and replace with CCTV enforcement as part of the LTNs interim assessment to ensure that any potential emergency service access issues were removed.

View the data available on the impacts of LTN 34: Bowes Road. 

Find out more information on the data sources used to assess the impacts on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. More data will be made available on this page, and on each respective LTN’s page, in the coming weeks. 

View LTN 34: Bowes Road Equalities Analysis Assessment (January 2021 update)

The final non-statutory consultation ended on 23 July 2021.

LTN consultation results