A number of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have been funded very recently under the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. This funding is welcome, but due to the urgency to implement schemes quickly, normal consultation periods are not possible which has caused concern among many residents, both for and against such schemes. What can you and TfL do to ensure that there is proper consultation during the trial periods of these schemes?
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) are an extremely important tool right now to enable more Londoners to walk and cycle while capacity on public transport is limited due to social distancing.
LTNs are delivered by London’s boroughs, but funded through Transport for London (TfL) or the Department for Transport as part of my London Streetspace Programme. Boroughs have been closely following the Government’s updated statutory guidance on the Traffic Management Act 2004, updated on 23 May, which set out how “measures should be taken as swiftly as possible, and in any event within weeks, given the urgent need to change travel habits before the restart takes full effect.”
By using Experimental Traffic Orders (ETO), boroughs will assess and monitor an LTN’s impact, while also listening to feedback from local communities and businesses during the trial period. Some schemes have also been introduced using Temporary Traffic Orders due to the urgency of the public health imperative. Here too, boroughs are expected to gather feedback and assess evidence of impacts before making any final decisions on permanence.
In Enfield, for example, residents are able to feed in their views on the Council’s Bowes LTN via the Lets’ Talk website: https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/bowesQN
TfL will continue to work closely with London’s boroughs during each LTN trial period. I am assured that boroughs will take the appropriate steps to engage and listen to your constituents’ feedback, before they make any decision to remove or make a scheme permanent.