Junction Road (W5) area is a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that was introduced in mid-August 2020, on an experimental basis, made possible with funding from Transport for London (TfL). There was significant concern that large numbers of people would 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.
Our streets are simply not designed for some of the high levels of traffic we are seeing on local roads. This is why the council is supporting residents to choose active travel like walking or cycling wherever possible, instead of taking shorter journeys in the car.
Evidence from across London and Ealing’s trials indicates that LTNs can help that change. LTNs can help to improve air quality and cutting down on harmful pollution that affects all of our health, our environment, and the climate. With reduced volumes of through traffic in neighbourhoods, it also can make using our roads and streets safer and more pleasant, making it easier to choose alternative, car free ways of getting around.
Description of the scheme
There was a temporary installation of wooden planters, camera enforcement and accompanying signage to discourage rat-run traffic at the following locations:
- Junction Road/Lawrence Road junction – diagonal closure, through traffic movements restricted on Junction Road and Radbourne Avenue
- Junction Road/Murray Road junction – diagonal closure, northbound through traffic movements restricted on Junction Road
- Junction Road/Carlyle Road junction – diagonal closure, northbound through traffic movements restricted on Junction Road
- Junction Road/Darwin Road junction – diagonal closure, northbound through traffic movements restricted on Junction Road.
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.
Please note: LTN 32 Junction Road has been designed in collaboration with the London Borough of Hounslow, which is implementing a low traffic neighbourhood scheme south of the borough boundary near Darwin Road. The implementation of a diagonal closure on Whitestile Road/Enfield Road restricts through traffic movements on Enfield Road and Junction Road, which form a key rat-run between Windmill Road (B452) and South Ealing Road (B455).
For more information on Hounslow’s scheme, please see North Brentford (Whitestile Road, Enfield Road, Challis Road) restrictions
Data collected to assess the impacts of Junction Road’s LTN to April 2021
A summary of what the data indicates up to April 2021 for LTN 32: Junction Road is as follows:
Less than 700 comments were added to the dedicated Commonplace survey on LTN 32 by approximately 500 users made up of residents, and individuals who study, work, own a business and commute through the area.
25% indicated that they were in support of the scheme, 1% were neutral, while 74% were against the proposals. Approximately 3,000 households are within the area affected by LTN 32, which includes boundary roads, equating to a response rate of less than 17%, notwithstanding that all responses were from residents.
The most cited concerns were the generation of longer journeys due to a change in vehicle access and increase in traffic.
LTN32 was designed to prevent through traffic from using residential streets when travelling between South Ealing Road and Windmill Road, and using Junction Road as a cut through to the A4. By reducing traffic levels within a relatively large neighbourhood, and thereby creating better conditions for walking and cycling, it was also designed to reduce the number of short car trips. The introduction of the LTN might have been expected to have an effect on traffic levels and congestion on the boundary roads of South Ealing Road, Windmill Road and Little Ealing Lane.
The iBus data for Little Ealing Lane indicates no particular cause for concern, the spike in mid-late November 2020 being associated with gasworks for which there were temporary traffic lights at the Pope’s Lane/South Ealing Road junction. The Floow traffic flow data for both South Ealing Road and Windmill Road similarly indicate no particular cause for concern.
The Floow traffic data for Little Ealing Lane indicates that traffic levels increased during the first lockdown, that the introduction of the LTN did not cause traffic levels to worsen, and that traffic levels have since reduced to a point where they are not a cause for concern.
Meanwhile, the top reasons expressed by those who indicated support for the proposals were that the LTN has promotes a more pedestrian and cycle friendly environment, and a decrease in traffic.
Analysis also reveals that anti-social behaviour and crime patterns in the LTNs followed a similar pattern across the borough overall, suggesting that the introduction of LTNs has not had an impact on overall crime levels.
The council continues to meet regularly with the emergency services to discuss the LTNs and work collaboratively to ensure that they feedback into the schemes. In December 2020, the council agreed to remove all bollards and replace with CCTV enforcement as part of the LTNs interim assessment to ensure that any potential emergency service access issues were removed.
During the same time, approximately 200 emails were also sent to the council. Emails voiced objection to the proposal, concern that the scheme would worsen local air quality, and cause congestion on main roads.
Data from air quality monitoring from the diffusion tube placed in LTN 32 demonstrate that NO2 mean concentration levels from both the LTN initiative and the baseline NO2 regular monitoring programme, over the same period, remain below the EU limit value of 40micrograms per cubic metre (µɡ/m³).
Find out more information on the data sources used to assess the impacts of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. More data will be made available on this page, and on each respective LTN’s page, in the upcoming weeks.
The final non-statutory consultation ended 23 July 2021