Lambeth council has launched consultations on making two of the low traffic neighbourhoods introduced last year permanent.
If you live, work or travel in these areas we hope you will support making these permanent.
We have concerns about proposed new exemptions for accessible taxis and minicabs given that every address in the LTNs is already accessible by motor vehicle. We’ll be looking at the detail to see how the exemption for accessible taxis and minicabs will be assessed and enforced.
It’s fairly clear that the more exemptions that are given, the more motor vehicles go through an LTN, the less “fairer to all” schemes are – as kids come off the streets and they become more hostile places. The council must very carefully balance any exemptions to ensure fairness for residents and other users of the street, to ensure unnecessary motor traffic is absolutely minimised.
However, we definitely support making these permanent and hope you will too.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with our communities on the future of these LTN schemes and I would strongly encourage local residents to participate in the consultations and give us their feedback.Cllr Danny Adilypour, joint Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment & Clean Air
Lambeth established the both the Railton and Oval to Stockwell LTNs last year as temporary measures to alleviate traffic during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been monitoring effectiveness and publishing regular reports online.
- In Railton LTN, motor vehicle traffic fell by 63 per cent inside the LTN and by 18 per cent when including boundary roads. It fell by 67 per cent on Shakespeare Road and by around 3,000 cars per day on Railton Road
- In Oval to Stockwell, motor vehicle traffic fell by a quarter inside the LTN and by 8 per cent when including boundary roads. The largest reduction on a boundary road was 1,300 vehicles a day on Clapham Road
- Cycling rates were high before the LTNs and have stayed that way. But on Railton Road they have nearly doubled, increasing by 92 per cent. There was an 87 per cent rise in cycling rates within Oval to Stockwell, with increases in cycling seen at 12 of the 15 monitoring locations.
In coming months there will be consultations on making the other LTNs introduced last year permanent.