“LTNs are just the start. Bus gates are now delivering Low Traffic High Streets too.”
London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods map updated January 2022
A Coalition of London campaigners is today publishing an update of its map of London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs). In the six-month period from 1 May to 31 October, some new LTNs have been added, some boroughs have removed LTNs and more data has been received about ‘historic’ LTNs.
Overall, the picture remains similar to the previous six months which might be expected given that the recent expansion of LTNs was fuelled by funding made available as part of TfL’s Streetspace programme and from the Department for Transport.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard coalition, which campaigns to reduce traffic, increase active travel and eliminate road deaths and injuries, said:
“We remain firmly committed to campaigning for borough-wide LTNs in all London boroughs. Low traffic schemes have a hugely positive impact, reducing traffic congestion, pollution, road danger, carbon emissions and noise and increasing healthy, active travel.
“These schemes are relatively inexpensive to implement and we are looking for strong action from all London boroughs in the next 12 months to reduce overall volumes of motor traffic on all roads, and introduce more LTNs, as well as School Streets for all primary and secondary schools, borough-wide 20mph speed limits, controlled parking and protected cycle lanes on main roads.
“Low Traffic High Streets and main roads are also vital, not just because people live, work, shop and go to school on main roads, but also because reducing traffic boosts the high street economy.
“We also want strong action on main roads and we’ve been particularly delighted to see the recent introduction of ‘bus gates’, which allow buses and cycles through but not private cars, like that on Stoke Newington Church Street in Hackney.
“Bus gates deliver a Low Traffic High Street which is good for business, but also speedier buses and we hope to see many more of them very soon.”