Low traffic neighbourhoods and COVID-19
In response to COVID-19 and to make sure residents can travel actively to help reduce poor air quality, ease congestion and make our streets safer, Ealing was awarded funding for several low traffic neighbourhoods by Transport for London (TfL). LTNs were specifically identified by Government as appropriate solutions to increase transport capacity and facilitate social distancing. The need to provide extra space for those travelling actively in the local area is essential for the post-lock down period where social distancing is needed, and public transport is at reduced capacity. There is significant concern that large numbers of people will drive in order to avoid contact with other people on public transport. The road network will not be able to accommodate these extra journeys, which will entail drivers choosing to rat run through residential neighbourhoods, which will impact residents.
Where are Ealing's COVID low traffic neighbourhoods?
The purpose of a LTN is to prevent increased future rat running (outlined in Government guidance) given the likely lack of public transport use due to COVID-19 and social distancing. LTNs also have the effect of increasing the number of residents that travel actively, providing an environment where more people travel actively for shorter, local trips.
Using our local knowledge and expertise of LTNs as well as feedback from residents, areas were identified by proximity to major commuting routes, which indicate a high probability for rat- running. We are also aware that many popular sat-navs direct traffic through these areas when traffic builds up on other roads. Since then,analysis conducted by TfL, which is also available in map form - view the likely future traffic impacts in Ealing - has shown that the areas chosen are likely to see significant increases in traffic as public transport continues to operate well below capacity.
Installed low traffic neighbourhoods
Nine LTNs have been installed to date.
- LTN 8: Olive Road (W5) - installed early-August 2020
- LTN 20: West Ealing North (W13) - installed late-September 2020
- LTN 21: West Ealing South (W13) - installed late-August 2020
- News release 21 May 2021: LTN 21 trial ended
- LTN 25: Acton Central (north of Churchfield Road) (W3) - installed early-September 2020
- LTN 30: Loveday Road (W13) - installed early November-2020
- LTN 32: Junction Road Area LTN (W5) - installed mid-August 2020
- LTN 34: Bowes Road (W3) - installed late-July 2020
- LTN 35: Mattock Lane (W5) - installed late-August 2020
- LTN 48: Adrienne Avenue (UB1) - installed late-July 2020
The following LTN is due for installation shortly:
- LTN 33: East Acton Golf Links (W3) - Ealing is in discussions with TfL over the layout of this LTN. More information will be provided on the anticipated installation date on this page in due course.
Proposed low traffic neighbourhoods
Current consultations (July 2021)
Deans Road and Montague Avenue has been indentified as a standalone LTN following supportive feedback received from residents, as these restrictions were previously trialled as part of LTN 21: West Ealing South, whose trial ended early in May 2021 due to the decision by Hounslow Council to close Swyncombe Avenue.
Local people and businesses that have been directly affected by the trial LTN scheme are being invited to have a final say as part of a non-statutory consultation on whether to reintroduce Deans Road and Montague Avenue LTN on a permanent basis, following its removal when LTN 21: West Ealing South’s trial ended. If reinstated, the measures would be reintroduced, and statutory consultation will take place.
Have your say on whether to reinstate Deans Road and Montague Avenue LTN on a permanent basis by 23 July 2021.
The Department for Transport (DfT) recently announced further funding to support London boroughs to encourage active travel. Ealing has been awarded funding to install three additional trial LTNs in the following locations, as these residential areas have been identified as shortcuts used by non-local traffic, including lorries and vans, or are expected to see more traffic in the future:
We recently invited residents and stakeholder groups that are directly affected by the proposals to have their say on the proposed LTN. Your feedback will be used to consider any changes that need be made and on the decision to proceed.
We will use the results of the consultation to inform any changes to the design or operation of the LTNs. If a decision is made to proceed with the scheme, we will write to residents and stakeholder groups in advance of the works taking place in the summer. The trial LTN would then be in place for a minimum of six months before a final decision on whether the LTN will stay in place is made. This decision will be made by Ward Councillors and Cabinet Members who will take into account a combination of factors including residents’ feedback, data analysis of air quality, traffic levels, and changes to walking and cycling levels.
Features Ealing is using for the LTNs
Large planters (large wooden containers filled with soil and flowers or non-flowering plants) will be used for all LTNs to transform residential streets into quieter and safer roads.
In December 2020, the council agreed that all bollards will be replaced with ANPR cameras in strategic locations, Blue Badge holders will be exempt from camera enforcement within the LTN that they live in (subject to registration) enabling residents to drive through their road closures, and the council authorised the exemption from camera enforcement of vehicles taking mobility impaired persons. View the full council report.