Acton Central (north of Churchfield Road) (W3) area is a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that was introduced in early September 2020, on an experimental basis, made possible with funding from Transport for London (TfL). There is significant concern that large numbers of people will 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.
Residents in this neighbourhood will start to see the benefits of better air quality, reduced volumes of through traffic in their neighbourhood, making it a safer, calmer and quieter environment for walking and cycling.
Description of the scheme
There will be a temporary installation of wooden planters, removeable bollards, camera enforcement and accompanying signage to discourage rat-run traffic at the following locations:
- Cumberland Road, diagonal closure at north end at junction with Acacia Road
- Baldwyn Gardens, diagonal closure at south end on Crane Avenue junction
- Goldsmith Avenue; existing emergency gate in place with space will be changed to a full closure.
The emergency services and refuse vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will remain unaffected and continue to have access through the road closures. All other vehicles may have to find alternative routes. Residents will continue to have access by car to their properties, but this may be via alternative directions.