Wandsworth suspends LTN trials

Wandsworth Council in London suspending its Low Traffic Neighbourhood trials, blaming changes Transport for London has brought in on main routes through the borough.

The LTN trials were introduced last month to make residential streets more bike and pedestrian friendly and to deter rat run traffic, as well as offering more room for social distancing.

However an initial review of the trials has identified concerns with emergency access and traffic flows, and the council says this has been compounded by additional changes that Transport for London (TfL) is making to red route roads in the borough.

“These include significant interventions on the A24 (Balham High Road to Tooting High Street and beyond) including moving bus stops, installing cycle lane segregation, banning turns at a number of junctions and removing parking,” it says.

Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and transportation, Cllr John Locker said, “It is clear that the LTNs are not delivering the benefits we want to see”.

Last month the former Transport Minister and London Mayoral candidate Steve Norris criticised the scheme calling it, “Daft. Pointless, and a complete waste of money”.


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