The council confirmed a series of recommendations in December 2020 to improve the existing and future Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in the borough following an interim assessment of the trial schemes installed in 2020. The interim assessment of Ealing’s LTNs is part of the ongoing consultation process to give local people the chance to help shape the future of the projects and consider any changes that need to be made to improve the schemes in real time.
The changes included:
- Replacing bollards with CCTV enforcement in all LTNs
- Providing Blue Badge holders with access through all LTNs within the scheme they live in where there are CCTV enforcement measures.
- Providing access for council authorised vehicles transporting people with mobility impairments through all LTNs where there are CCTV enforcement measures.
- Moving the location of barriers in LTN 48: Adrienne Avenue to keep larger vehicles accessing the trading estate off smaller residential roads.
- Carrying out further traffic surveys within LTN 32: Junction Road and LTN 20: West Ealing North, and considering changes to the current design.
- Reviewing the advanced warning signage in some LTNs.
As the council's interim assessment led to significant changes being implemented to the borough's LTNs, the law requires that a new or revised Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) be made.
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.
Timetable for changes to the design of the LTNs
Bollards were replaced at 21 locations between 18 January 2021 and 8 February 2021.
Changes to the design of LTN 48: Adrienne Avenue were consulted on and improvements have been made, which include additional signage, installation of double yellow lines, and the removal and relocation of the initial planters installed at the junction of Adrienne Avenue with Woodstock Avenue, with the closure north of the junction on Adrienne Avenue, to the junction of Woodstock Avenue with Adrienne Avenue, with the closure south of the junction of Woodstock Avenue. Additional planters were also introduced at the junction of Adrienne Avenue with Kenilworth Gardens.
Due to the imposition of lockdown, it is not possible to carry out the traffic surveys to inform potential design changes within LTN 32: Junction Road and LTN 20: West Ealing North at this time, as traffic volumes have been significantly reduced. Once lockdown has ended, the timetable for surveys and any subsequent changes will be announced.
The review of the signage is ongoing and changes will be made as and when required. All current signage complies with highway laws and guidance.
Timetable for the changes to the operation of the LTNs
Exemptions are now available for Blue Badge holders travelling in the LTN in that they live in, emergency service vehicles and vehicles transporting mobility impaired people. Eligible vehicle operators have been informed directly by the council.
Blue badge holders can apply for an exemption to travel within their own LTN. The current restrictions will remain in place until and unless new ETOs have been put in place.
Please continue to follow LTN restrictions until you have received confirmation of your registration from the council.
New ETOs and monitoring
As the council's interim assessment has led to significant changes being implemented to the borough's LTNs, the law requires that a new or revised ETO be made, meaning that the six month consultation period has started again.
Every LTN will be subject to a second, final assessment in the last month of the trial which will make a recommendation to Cabinet on whether to make it permanent. It will consider additional data gathered over a longer period, including air quality and impact on local businesses, as well as the feedback from residents over the entire trial period.