Ealing Council fully committed to active travel schemes including LTNs where supported by residents

This comes as it works to fight the climate crisis and create a better borough for local people.

The council received around 22,000 responses on its consultation on the future of Ealing’s low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and is today (Monday 16 August 2021) publishing the full results and updating residents on the next steps.

A majority of residents living within two proposed LTNs, Adrienne Avenue in Greenford and the proposed Deans Road and Montague Avenue in Hanwell, support having these schemes made permanent.

  • Adrienne Avenue saw 70% support from residents living within the LTN (27% opposed)
  • Deans Road and Montague Avenue saw 61% support from residents living within the LTN (38% opposed).

The council will now work towards installing the trial LTN at Adrienne Avenue and the proposed LTN at Deans Road and Montague Avenue as permanent schemes.

A number of other ambitious active travel schemes are being adopted following engagement and consultation with local people.

The council is setting out plans to make permanent a huge expansion of the borough’s cycling provision, including a key cycle route along Uxbridge Road. Six cycle schemes will now be made permanent creating safer roads, new crossings, direction signs and other improvements in key locations across the borough.

Locations of cycle schemes include:

  • Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common Stn to North Circular
  • Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common / Acton, Fordhook Ave (E) to Twyford Crescent
  • Acton High St/The Vale Woodlands Ave to Davis Rd.
  • Eastbound approach to Hanwell Bridge
  • Greenford Rd, northbound, south of Baird Ave
  • East Acton to Chiswick (Old Oak Common Lane to South Parade).

Five new ‘School Streets’ are being created, on top of the 10 that have now been made permanent, which will make it safer and easier for children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. Ealing is also now a 20 mile per hour borough, increasing safety on local roads for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers themselves. 

The recent consultation on the borough’s LTNs has not shown resident support for making the further seven LTNs permanent. However, a decision cannot yet be taken on these schemes due to recently introduced government guidance (30 July 2021). 

The council will make a final decision on them in the near future as it must consider the schemes in the context of recently introduced government guidance. The schemes therefore will remain in place and active.

These decisions are likely to be made by the council’s cabinet next month. 

Councillor Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council:

“We promised to listen to local people’s views on active travel initiatives like LTNs, and we have done just that. The council is now acting upon the results and moving forward with those LTNs that were supported by the majority living within them.

“We pledged to be an open, transparent and inclusive council, and I want to be straight with local people. We cannot yet make any decisions on LTNs that did not enjoy the support of a majority of residents living in them, as the government’s guidance on LTNs like Ealing’s suddenly changed on 31 July.

“I am sure local people will understand that our decisions on the trial schemes need to be legally robust, so we need to hold off on making final decisions for now, but we are hopeful that we will be able to make a decision in September. The heavy-handed, top-down approach being pursued by the government is not the right way to ensure we can work together to deliver active travel schemes that can secure popular support.

“We will continue to explore future LTN schemes, but we will only be implementing where we are satisfied that the data and public support them. Some of the fears around increasing traffic times and poorer air quality that some people have expressed concerns about have not come true, but we cannot definitively say they have got better because of our LTNs either.

“As these LTN trials were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also unfortunately do not have data on how they have impacted on walking and cycling, and how much they have encouraged active travel. In future, we want a key part of finding out how well our schemes are working to be about how many more people are walking or popping to the shops on their bikes, and how many more children are scooting to school. 

“Our commitment to tackling the climate crisis and enabling active travel and cycling remains unchanged and we know we must take people with us. LTNs are one of many tools available to us in tackling the climate crisis and I am proud of our ambitious expansion of the borough’s cycling provision, our school streets and the fact that we are now a 20mph borough.

"Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation and I hope to update residents on the remaining LTN trials in September when we have had time process exactly how the new government guidance affects active travel schemes in Ealing.”

Further details of the consultation results for the borough’s LTNs can be viewed on the council’s website.

Final decisions on the borough’s trial LTNs are likely to made at the next cabinet meeting in September. This will include final decisions on Adrienne Avenue LTN and Deans Road and Montague Avenue LTN which are subject to final statutory consultation ahead of any permanent installation.

LTNs will remain in place and subject to ANPR enforcement until any final decision is made. 

Trial LTNS which did not receive support from the majority of residents living within them include:

  • Acton Central low traffic neighbourhood (16% of residents living within this trial scheme supported it being made permanent, 82% opposed)
  • Junction Road low traffic neighbourhood (31% supported, 67% opposed)
  • Loveday Road low traffic neighbourhood (25% supported, 73% opposed)
  • Mattock Lane low traffic neighbourhood (25% supported, 70% opposed)
  • Olive Road low traffic neighbourhood (34% supported, 63% opposed)
  • West Ealing North low traffic neighbourhood (21% supported, 79% opposed)
  • Bowes Road low traffic neighbourhood (33% supported, 58% opposed)

Following the recent consultation, the council will not install new trial LTNs at Creffield North and South. It is currently exploring options to implement some active travel initiatives at Hamilton Road LTN in line with resident feedback from the consultation.