There are now over 2,100 signatures to the petition which, while being supportive of the LTN, calls for the bus gate to be opened for access to local residents only.
Our proposal for a better way of controlling traffic within the LTN makes it clear that the bus gate is essential to defending a safe route for walkers and cyclists, but we haven’t addressed why residents shouldn’t be allowed through or whether certain categories of people/vehicles should be given an exemption.
Rather than make a definitive statement that not all people may agree with, this post is going to ask a series of questions that will no doubt tease out a range of answers depending on your own circumstances and the degree to which you think you should be expected to make compromises.
High priority access
- How about allowing access to people who have to use a car because they are disabled?
Access for people who support the community
- Should we make it easier for people who need to drive to support the community? For example: community care workers, meals on wheels, doctors and nurses who visit people.
- Can a case be made for registered last mile delivery vehicles?
- Should there be provisos such as they must be zero emission and be speed governed to 20mph?
Let’s take an imaginary resident called ‘me’ who lives in Cypress Road.
I have to catch the train to go to work. I may need to reach the following stations: Crystal Palace (1.6km), Penge West (2.3km), Penge East (2.9km)
- Is it sensible to allow me to drive these distances in a big, heavy, low-occupancy metal box?
- Should I be made to walk/cycle/scoot?
- Will active travel make me healthier & fitter?
- Will my car frighten people who are attempting to convert to cycling?
- Will exempting me as a resident open up the road to all kinds of frivolous journeys?
I need to buy heavy shopping
- Am I entitled to drive the shortest route or does a slightly extended journey once a week make an appreciable difference?
I need to drive further afield
- Will it make any difference to journeys I make to the North, South or West?
- Will the extended durations for my journeys I make in the direction of Penge justify opening the bus gate for all?
That’s just one hypothetical me living in the Southern Peninsular. Other ‘me’s can write their questions below – time for reflection, we are not looking for quick fire answers at the moment.