Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are nothing new in Havering

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have been around for over 50 years in one form or another. The doubling of vehicles on our roads in the last 30 years enabled by a 1990s policy of maintaining residential road as permeable “relief valves” for main roads with the impact of that policy exaggerated by smartphone sat nav apps has pushed traffic onto roads that were *never* designed to handle that traffic. LTNs are just one of the tools we will use to tackle *private* car ownership/use as we redesign our towns and cities to be people first using the sustainable transport hierarchy.

The other big concern I have is seeing councils implement EV charging stations and not eHubs (https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/ehubs-smart-shared-green-mobility-hubs/). EV charging stations enable and encourage people to swap like for like petrol for electric cars. We need people, particularly in towns and cities, to be giving up cars and using shared mobility services (eCar, eVan, eCargobike, eBike, eScooter) realising they don’t need to *own* cars, simply have access to one when necessary. (EHubs can also provide charging points for private cars.)

Better Streets for Havering

One of our ten asks is that Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) are rolled out across the borough to create networks of quieter streets where children can play outside, neighbours can catch up, air pollution is lower and walking and cycling are the natural choice for everyday journeys. They also connect to main roads with cycle tracks and crossings to create an active travel network.

LTNs are created by closing roads and streets to motor traffic using features called “modal filters” which can be gates, bollards, planters, short walking and cycling links as well as other features such as bus gates.

Bus gate, St Clements Avenue, Harold Wood.

LTNs are places where through motor vehicle traffic has been removed or significantly reduced with the space given back to residents and those passing through on foot or cycle. Residents, their visitors, emergency vehicles, deliveries and services still have full motor access to…

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