Our consultation approach

How did Ealing consult on the COVID-19 emergency transport schemes? 

All COVID-19 schemes are being implemented using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). An ETO is a standard legal document used across the country to enable rapid installation of measures such as low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), pavement widening and cycle lanes or other innovative schemes.

Due to the urgency in this matter, we have not been able to provide the normal consultation or advance notification of scheme implementation that we would in normal circumstances. However, this approach is following the guidelines set out by central government in these extraordinary times.

Unlike our normal schemes, the statutory consultation will take place during the first six months after the temporary scheme is installed.  This allows us to move fast and means that you can provide any feedback based on your experiences. It is not possible to lodge a formal objection to an experimental order until it is in force, which takes place just before installation of the scheme. This allows councils to introduce new and innovative schemes and take feedback on the progress of them whilst they are in operation.

At the end of the six month period a decision will be made on whether to remove, revise or keep the scheme based on the feedback. For some schemes, such as the LTNs, residents will have a further opportunity to provide feedback to ensure all views are accounted for. These will be conducted using an online platform, more information on this will be announced.  For more details view the ETOs.

The impacts on refuse have been considered in collaboration with the waste and recycling teams at the council.  As with all transport schemes, we have consulted with the emergency services; the fire bridage, ambulance services and police, and received no objections.

Have your say

Once the scheme has been implemented, to formally submit your support or objection to the scheme, please email TrafficNotices@ealing.gov.uk