Bollards are set be replaced with CCTV as a means of enforcing the schemes and exemption would be given for blue badge holders in the LTN they live in. Vehicles transporting mobility impaired residents would also be given access to LTNs.
The interim assessment of the borough’s LTNs considered surveys, data and ongoing feedback from local people and the emergency services. Proposals will shortly be considered by the council’s cabinet to improve the schemes ahead of any final decision on their future.
The interim assessment proposals:
· Replacing bollards with CCTV enforcement in LTNs, as part of the ongoing consultation with emergency services
· Consider options to provide access to blue badge holders within the LTN that they live and for council authorised vehicles transporting people with mobility impairment 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
· Adding a ‘No Entry’ sign at Lawrence Road in LTN 32: Junction Road to prevent through traffic on this route
· Reviewing the advanced warning signage in some LTNs
The council’s cabinet accepted the recommendations in the report in a meeting on 8 December 2020 whcih delegates the final decision on implementation to the director of place delivery. Like all council cabnet decisions, it is subject to call in.
The interim assessment of Ealing’s LTNs is part of an 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.
A trial LTN is typically in place for six months with an interim assessment conducted at around three months.
Every LTN is then subject to a second, final assessment in the last month of the trial which will make a recommendation 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.
Should the interim assessment of an LTN lead to very significant changes being implemented the law requires that a new or revised Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) be made, running for a further six months.
Should proposals in the interim assessment to provide access to blue badge holders and vehicles transporting mobility impaired service users be confirmed, the trial LTNs would therefore run for a further six months.
As each individual LTN scheme started on different dates, they may not be considered all together but will go to the first appropriate meeting of the council’s cabinet.
Due to the postponed Mayoral and London Assembly elections in May 2021, legal restrictions on significant decisions being made in the run-up to polling day will affect when cabinet can consider these reports, and some will be considered after these elections.
This could mean in some cases that if a new or revised ETO is required to implement changes, the actual extension to the trial period will in practice be short.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for environment and climate emergency said: “It has always been intended to closely monitor trial LTNs and listen closely to the views and feedback of residents, as well as considering the data on how they are working.
“The interim assessment of our LTNs allow us to consider carefully what is working and what can be improved and where necessary make significant changes to the schemes, ahead of a final decision on their long-term future.
“LTNs are designed as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic to alleviate pressure on our roads and public transport. They aim to create quieter, safer neighbourhoods for local people, promote cycling and walking as an alternative to short car journeys and help us improve air quality in the borough and tackle the climate emergency.
We recognise that there are strong opinions on LTNs, both for and against and although they were rapidly introduced to meet government funding requirements, we want to ensure everyone has their say, as this feedback will be used to help shape the projects going forward.”
· The council is set to start full enforcement of trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) measures from Monday 7 December 2020, it has been confirmed.
· The council’s Commonplace website gives residents a platform to have their say on every LTN being trialled in the borough.