Active travel, air quality, the climate emergency and coronavirus are all big issues, and LTNs have a clear role to play in how we deal with the challenges going forward.
LTNs consist of a cluster of residential streets, closed at certain points to some vehicles. They typically use bollards, signage and some restrictions on access to minimise heavy and non-local traffic from passing through at speed or treating the area as a rat-run.
Concern has been expressed by some residents about the impacts of LTNs on their local area and about the process by which people can have their say on the measures being introduced.
Ealing Council is reassuring people there are plenty of opportunities available to them to have their say, give feedback and object to anything they think could be detrimental for their street.
Ealing’s LTN’s are being delivered with funding from Transport for London (TfL), secured by the council to help improve the borough’s infrastructure for active travel such as walking and cycling.
The LTNs are experimental at this stage and the funding from TfL requires that they are put in place before September.
As a result, ten LTNs will be up and running by September for a period of up to six months, in order to allow local people to see how the new measures affect the area in real-time. Infrastructure such as bollards and planters (boxes containing plants) will be temporary and can be removed, moved or altered where necessary.
Residents in areas affected will receive a letter from the council a week before an LTN goes live. It will explain the changes, contain a map of the area and indicate new arrangements for traffic and explain how people can have their say. Once installed, the LTN will operate on a six-month trial designed to allow collaboration with the local community.
The feedback received by the council in this real-time trial period will play a vital role in shaping how the LTNs will work in the future, and whether they should be made permanent.
An additional consultation period will also run after this initial trial where the council will gather further views from residents before making a final decision. Each LTN is being treated individually and is tailored to needs of the local area and the views of residents.
Concerns have also been raised about how disabled residents, and those with mobility issues, could be affected by these measures. People can still drive onto their street right up to their door as before, although the access route may change, based on the needs of the locality.
LTNS are designed to reduce road danger for wheelchairs and mobility scooters as well as bikes so it is hoped that those who use these will benefit significantly from the creation of LTNs in the borough.
LTNs aim to reduce air pollution, cut the number of vehicle collisions and increase community activity in the area.
They also help local people to make the switch from using their car, to active travel options such as walking and cycling, which is more vital than ever as the borough continues to respond to the challenges of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the climate emergency.
Once the scheme has been implemented, to formally submit your support, feedback, or objection to the scheme please contact TrafficNotices@ealing.gov.uk.
If you are seeking further information on upcoming schemes that are yet to be installed, or for general enquiries please email COVIDtransport@ealing.gov.uk.
Further information on LTNs and their locations across the borough is available online via the council’s website.