West Ealing North (W13) area is a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that was introduced in September 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 at the following locations:
- Endsleigh Road – full closure at Felix Road junction
- Green Man Lane – full closure between Singapore Road and Witham Road
Additionally, a one way-system travelling westbound has been introduced from Connaught Road with the junction of Alexandria Road.
A School Street was also introduced on an experimental basis working with St John’s Primary School on Green Man Lane. The north of Green Man Lane and Singapore Road junction is closed with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times (Monday-Friday, 8.30-9.30am and 3-4pm). Resident permit vehicles are exempt from the restrictions and remain unaffected. The barrier is moveable and managed by the school.
The emergency services and refuse vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists remain unaffected and continue to have access through the road closures. All other vehicles may have to find alternative routes. Residents continue to have access by car to their properties, but this may be via alternative directions.
Data collected to assess the impacts of West Ealing North’s LTN to April 2021
A summary of what the data indicates up to April 2021 for LTN 20: West Ealing North is as follows:
A little less than 350 comments were added to the dedicated Commonplace survey on LTN 20 by approximately 250 users made up of residents, and individuals who study, work, own a business and commute through the area.
17% indicated that were in favour of the scheme, 2% were neutral, while 81% were against the proposals. Approximately 3,000 households are within the area affected by LTN 20, which includes boundary roads, equating to a response rate of less than 9% notwithstanding that all responses were from residents.
The most cited concerns were the generation of longer journeys due to a change in vehicle access, followed by an increase in traffic, and disruption of normal routines having to take a different route.
LTN20 was designed to prevent through traffic from routing via Eccleston Road/Endsleigh Road, Felix Road and Alexandria Road when heading from Hanwell to go north along Drayton Green Road/Argyle Road, avoiding the left turn at the Lido junction (Northfield Avenue). The introduction of the LTN might therefore have been expected to have an effect on traffic levels and congestion on the Uxbridge Road eastbound approaching the Lido.
The iBus data shows no sustained increase in bus journey times eastbound on the Uxbridge Road. There are, though, a few that are not easily explained. Though greater in number, these reflect similar spikes in both the pre-pandemic year and in the first lockdown. These spikes may be a consequence of the Uxbridge Road generally operating close to capacity most days, meaning that relatively minor events can have a disproportionate effect on delays. The Floow traffic flow data indicates no particular cause for concern.
Meanwhile, the top reasons expressed by those who indicated support for the proposals on Commonplace were that the LTN creates a pleasant environment, that is pedestrian and cycle friendly.
During the same time, less than 100 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 20 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).
Analysis shows anti-social behaviour and crime patterns in LTNs follow 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.
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 coming weeks.
The final non-statutory consultation ended on 23 July 2021.