The case for/against the LTN

Issues that have been raised by the consultation on the LTN and proposals that have been made to address them.

Democratic

For LTNAgainst LTN
PolicyGovernment[i]
Mayor of London[ii]
Croydon Council[iii]
Rachel Flowers, Director of Public Health, Croydon[iv]
Greenpeace[v]
Friends of the Earth
Living Streets
Shape Better Streets ( a coalition of 12 local active travel and environmental groups)
130 other groups[vi]
Alliance of British Drivers[vii]
Nigel Farage[viii]
Bromley Council[ix]
Prior noticeInstructed by government to put in place measures as swiftly as possible to address urgent need to provide active travel in response to COVID-19[x]Croydon council should have informed Bromley council (given Bromley council’s stance this is only a matter of lack of politeness)
PlanningDeclared council policy with numerous documents that describe the implementation of LTNs[xi]Claims that there was no planning, therefore was poorly implemented
Consultation75% of residents and 85% of businesses were so unconcerned about the LTN that they did not think it was worth responding Those who did respond did not reflect the population within the Temporary LTN in terms of: age, income or ethnicity[xii]15% (61% of the 25% of residents who responded) want the LTN scrapped  

Environmental

Proposals by supportersProposals by opposers
Climate changeNeed for a massive reduction in car usage concentrating on Croydons’ over 50% of journeys that are under 3kmScrap the LTN
PollutionAs above + maintain LTN to ensure that there is safe space for people to convert their journeys to active travelScrap the LTN

Health

Proposals by supportersProposals by opposers
ObesityEncourage active travel by providing safe space for people to walk and cycleExercise in the parks
AsthmaNeed for a massive reduction in car usage concentrating on Croydons’ over 50% of journeys that are under 3km 
Ill health due to inactivityEncourage active travel by providing safe space for people to walk and cycleExercise in the parks

Safety/death and serious injury of pedestrians and cyclists

Proposals by supportersProposals by opposers
On main roadsMassive reduction in car usage
Road design to reduce speed
Fully protected cycle lanes where possible
Wider pavements
Scrap the LTN
On residential roadsMaintain LTN to ensure that there is safe space for people to convert journeys to active travel
Chicanes & pinch points
Address speed
More LTNs
Scrap the LTN
Throughout CroydonParking charges to discourage driving
Encourage car clubs
Pedestrianise shopping streets
 

Other issues

Proposals by council and/or supportersProposals by opposers
Bus gateCouncil has proposed allowing access to residents Most supporters oppose thisEliska Finlay petition “to have Auckland Road re-opened for access, to local residents only” has 2,320 signatures
Emergency accessANPR accessScrap the LTN
Disabled peopleANPR access for blue badge holders
Move bus gate to Auckland surgery and provide disabled parking
Scrap the LTN
District nursesANPR accessScrap the LTN
Congestion on main roadsKeep the LTN to encourage people to swap car journeys on main roads to active travel
Introduce measures to discourage driving
Divert traffic to residential roads such as the “sensible” rat run Southern Avenue
Traffic delaysFloow data shows difference in median journey time in:
AM Peak ranged from -13.5 seconds to +116 seconds
PM Peak ranged from -15 seconds to +161 seconds
Reported delays of up to 40 minutes
Diverted traffic onto Bromley roadsInclude Bromley streets in LTN
Install residential filter on Belvedere Road (proposed by Bromley Living Streets and Bromley Cyclists)
Scrap the LTN
Inflicts environmental apartheid on majority ethnic minority areasBased on false comparisons, selective data and poor analysis[xiii]Scrap the LTN
Life expectancy of black males (UK -10 years)Address the particular needs of all disadvantaged parts of societyScrap the LTN

The case for scrapping the LTN relies mainly on the ‘votes’ of 15% of residents who are extremely unrepresentative of those living within the LTN particularly in terms of ethnicity and income, but also age.

The only ‘solution’ to all the wide-ranging issues raised by the 62 page report by council officers is to scrap the LTN and divert traffic from main roads to residential roads such as the “sensible” rat run Southern Avenue.


[i] Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904146/gear-change-a-bold-vision-for-cycling-and-walking.pdf

[ii] TfL: Streetspace for London
https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/streetspace-for-london
Sustrans: all the streetspace programs in London
https://www.sustrans.org.uk/streetspace-for-london/

[iii] Croydon Council A Transport Vision for Croydon: Moving towards a more liveable place March 2015
“ACHIEVING A WALKING CROYDON
Our aim is a more liveable city. Traditionally the street is where much of the life of the city takes place. Liveable streets and cities are also walkable streets and cities. “
https://www.croydon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/articles/downloads/A%20Transport%20Vision%20for%20Croydon%20Feb%202016.pdf
Croydon’s Cycling Strategy 2018-2023
https://democracy.croydon.gov.uk/documents/s5603/Croydon%20Cycling%20Strategy%202018-2023%20-%20appendix.pdf

[iv] TMAC meeting 12 January 2021
https://webcasting.croydon.gov.uk/meetings/11439?fbclid=IwAR2xXf2bnvmUXrjVPpmX8-QxGf6NfZV5fG2_8PFLCeqoXIK7CSNeWb5eX7Q

[v] Greenpeace: What’s all the fuss about LTNs
https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-who-are-they-for/

[vi] 130 groups unite in open letter supporting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
https://road.cc/content/news/130-groups-unite-support-low-traffic-neighbourhoods-276999

[vii] https://www.abd.org.uk/government-rejects-popular-e-petition-against-road-closures/

[viii] commitment by Nigel Farage and his Reform Party to field candidates to oppose local politicians who support the madness of the Government’s green transport revolution

[ix] Conclusion based on Tory Bromley Council being one of the few London councils to defy their own Tory government advice

[x] Statutory guidance, Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reallocating-road-space-in-response-to-covid-19-statutory-guidance-for-local-authorities/traffic-management-act-2004-network-management-in-response-to-covid-19

[xi] CP-LTN supporters’ website Resources – Croydon Council
https://crystalpalaceltn.org/resources/#CroydonCouncil

[xii] CP-LTN website – It wasn’t a vote
https://crystalpalaceltn.org/2021/01/14/it-wasnt-a-vote/

[xiii] CP-LTN website – Myth and reality
https://crystalpalaceltn.org/2021/01/10/claims-made-by-the-open-our-roads-campaign-myth-reality/#inequalities

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