In July we wrote about how a High Court judge rejected a legal challenge to Lambeth’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes. These traffic measures were implemented after the Government told council’s to make streets safer and healthieras part of statutory guidance/national policy objectives issued as their response to the coronavirus pandemic. At the start of this month the Government threatened councils with further cuts to their funding if they withdrew these schemes before data was collected and analysed on their impact.
Lambeth Council has now completed the final stages of assessing the impact of two of Lambeth’s LTNs and will be launching a consultation on them on 6th September. Residents will initially have the opportunity to shape the future of the Railton and Oval to Stockwell LTNs – with consultations on the Tulse Hill, Ferndale and Streatham LTNs following shortly after. The consultations seek to understand local experiences, will use publicly available data on traffic levels and pollution and will contain concrete proposals for any permament changes to road layouts. Residents, businesses and other stakeholders will all be able to input into the consultation and there will be a range of opportunities to provide feedback – both in-person and via online methods.
We have always said that these plans could be part of a solution for road safety, traffic and pollution problems in our area if they are part of a wider transport strategy. However, LTNs do alter how people get around and some journeys will change as a result. Changes to the trial schems have taken place following local feedback (such as the relocation of the Arodene Road filter at requests from local businesses) and we will continue to advocate for ideas put forward to us by local residents (for example exemptions for Blue Badge holders or taxis).
Registration for the Railton and Oval to Stockwell consultations is now open to enable residents to be notified as soon as the proposals and survey go live. Registering means you will also get invitations to any engagement events which happen during the consultation so you can find out more.