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Mapping London Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes and where we’re at

When we published the 2022 Healthy Streets Scorecard results in July 2022 there was some good news of boroughs implementing & making permanent Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

We found that the highest coverage of area as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) was in Hackney at 70%*, followed by Waltham Forest, 49%.
*excluding The City

The lowest coverage of area as Low Traffic Neighbourhods was in Bexley with just 4% of area with LTNs.

We found 19 boroughs had taken very little action & had under 20% LTN coverage.

Boroughs that had dramatically improved in the previous 2 years to 2022 included Hackney (+39%), Islington (+31%), Southwark (+23%) and Lambeth (+19%).

Analysis of change in LTN coverage

In the chart below, we can see the comparison of data from 2020 (blue lines) and 2022 (pink lines), clearly showing the boroughs who have swiftly implemented LTN schemes in the previous two years, and those boroughs were there has been little or no change.

LTN mapping

We have mapped LTNs as a way of easily showing in a simple tool the location and size of LTNs in each borough. Our London LTN map is used to calculate the proportion of LTNs in each borough relative to the area which is potentially suitable to be LTNs.

The LTN suitability is based on TfL’s Strategic Neighbourhood Analysis which identifies the total area in each borough appropriate for LTNs (e.g. excluding industrial areas and parks).

From this LTN map we calculate the results, shown in depth here.

Why LTNs?
LTNs are a key part of the solution to achieving healthy streets by:
  • Enabling walking & cycling 🚶🚲
  • Reducing motor traffic  🚗
  • Reducing road danger 🛑
  • Creating quiet, less stressful streets 🌿
  • Creating streets more conducive to children playing & communities interacting🚸
 
More LTN announcements in 2022 and 2023
Since the publication of the 2022 Scorecard we have been encouraged to see these announcements from London boroughs for proposed new or trial LTNs.
 
Hackney

Plans approved, in 2023-24:

  • Dalston
  • Hoxton East
  • Chatsworth Rd
  • Shacklewell

in 2024-25:

  • Stamford Hill West
  • Cazenove Rd
  • Craven Walk
  • Southwold Rd
 
 
Islington
 
 
Newham
 
Waltham Forest
 
Other related announcements:
Hammersmith & Fulham have introduced a scheme to discourage non-resident drivers from driving through neighbourhoods.
 
Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments if there is a new scheme planned for your part of town.

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