Why is Ealing supportive of low traffic neighbourhoods?
LTNs help support our climate objectives
LTNs create more space for people to participate in active travel such as walking, cycling and scooting. With fewer people driving and more travelling actively, carbon emissions are reduced, reducing the contribution to climate change.
Reducing the environmental footprint of transport is one of Ealing’s core aims in the Transport Strategy and Climate Change Strategy. Reducing our contribution towards climate change will not only reduce the risk and severity of existing and future climate change related weather events, but will also improve the borough’s resilience to them. For example, increased physical activity of the local population will improve health and therefore resilience to extreme temperatures.
LTNs reduce rat running traffic in your local area and improve air quality
LTNs form part of the council’s solution to make Ealing a great healthy place to live, as by strategically closing a series of residential streets, it makes the journeys for those that were using the street as a cut through, more difficult. Evidence from Waltham Forest who introduced several LTNs saw that around 15 percent of non-local traffic from LTNs disappeared entirely as the drivers adjust their routes and behaviours. This led to a reported 90% reduction in household exposure to nitrogen dioxide after Waltham Forest Council installed over 40 filters in residential areas.
Research also indicates that annually, up to 9,000 early deaths across Greater London and 387 early deaths within Ealing are attributed to poor air quality. Reducing the dominance of cars in our residential areas counters this trend.
LTNs enable residential areas to become more accessible for wheelchairs, mobility scooters, walkers and cyclists
LTNs are designed to allow complete motor access to all properties, however some routes may take slightly longer than previously. Only the emergency services and refuse collection vehicles are permitted to go through an LTN barrier. In December 2020, the council agreed to exempt people who are Blue Badge holders from camera enforcement within the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that they live in, register for your exemption.
NHS staff administering home visit vaccinations who are required to enter LTN sites in the borough should contact Suspensions@ealing.gov.uk entering 'Key Worker' in the subject heading. They should provide their vehicle registrations in the body of the email to ensure they are registered as exempt from receiving a Penalty Charge Notice when entering LTN sites.
By making the area more pleasant and safer to walk and cycle, we hope that residents will take advantage of this.
As LTNs prevent the area being used as a rat run, the streets become more accessible for wheelchairs, pedestrians and cyclists due to fewer vehicles passing through the area. Furthermore, quieter and safer roads mean those who would normally travel by car are more likely to feel able to travel actively. This leaves more space for families with young children and the mobility impaired to make journeys without fear of high traffic volumes or speeds.
LTNs still allow residents and other vehicles (like the emergency services) access for local uses
All local streets will have complete motor access for local uses, such as residents accessing their property, visitors, waste collection, emergency services and deliveries. According to Living Streets, data shows that response times for emergency services decreases with LTNs because less traffic means they can reach their destination faster.
For more information about the background and benefits of LTNs, Transport for London (TfL) has produced a LTN fact sheet.
For details of the key facts and references included in the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods leaflets.