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West Greenwich low traffic neighbourhood - decision

A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) has been on trial in West Greenwich since August 2020 to try to reduce traffic, improve air quality and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. We have been closely monitoring the scheme and listening to residents’ feedback throughout the trial. Changes were made to the scheme last summer, following feedback from local people about traffic being transferred to the east side of Greenwich Park and A2. A report on the trial was published, assessing traffic data and feedback received up until 21 December 2021. We have now considered all the data and feedback received up until 18 February 2022, including residents’ feedback, traffic counts and an equalities impact assessment (EQIA), and an addendum to the report has been published. The Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability & Transport has taken the decision to approve the removal of the West Greenwich LTN and consider options for an alternative LTN traffic scheme for West Greenwich by authorising Council officers to begin developing an alternative scheme in consultation with the Cabinet Member. Monitoring data and feedback from local residents has raised concerns regarding the impact of transferring local traffic to other areas and the issues identified in the EQIA including how it could affect people with disabilities. Any future proposals will be subject to further consultation with local residents. Restrictions that were in place before the experimental LTN will shortly come into force again when works to remove the current traffic measures are complete, including HGV restrictions and reinstatement of the one-way restrictions. Read the Decision Report .

Posted on 25th February 2022

by Cllr Danny Thorpe and Cllr Sarah Merrill

Westcombe Park and Maze Hill Area Low Traffic Neighbourhood

The Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport has taken the decision not to implement the scheme as outlined in the consultation. The Cabinet Member’s decision is still subject to call-in* and it will not take effect until 4 February 2022. The Council had consulted on proposals to introduce closures to stop cars from taking shortcuts through residential roads at strategic locations along the railway line - Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill, Halstow Road, Westcombe Hill. The majority of respondents within the area had disagreed or strongly disagreed with the proposals. The Council will now explore the scope for alternative traffic calming measures on Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill and Westcombe Hill instead, to address specific issues on those roads identified during the consultation, including HGV traffic. Following feedback from some residents, improvements have been made in Vanbrugh Hill: extra regulatory signs, warning signs and road markings to deter overtaking, as well as an increased amount of 20mph warning signs/road markings to reinforce the speed limit. We are also exploring the option to provide a formal pedestrian crossing in Vanbrugh Hill, to provide a safe crossing point for people walking - as well as reducing the speed of vehicles. We have already been improving pavements to make it easier for disabled people and buggy users to get around by installing tactile crossings, removing unnecessary street clutter and narrowing junctions to slow drivers down. Read the Decision Report

Posted on 3rd February 2022

by Cllr Danny Thorpe and Cllr Sarah Merrill

A statement from the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member regarding low traffic neighbourhoods and cycle lanes

A statement from Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Council, and Cllr Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport, regarding low traffic neighbourhoods and cycle lanes: Climate change and poor air quality are already having a dramatic negative effect on our health and, like COVID-19, have become an issue of equality and social justice - hitting our elderly, vulnerable and poorest residents the hardest. That’s why last year we set an ambitious target to reach net zero carbon emissions 20 years ahead of others . Cars contribute to climate change and are a major source of air pollution too. Not everyone owns one, forty per cent of households in our borough don’t, yet they disproportionally affect everyone's quality of life due to pollution, speeding and illegal parking. However, we also understand that for some people and businesses, there are essential journeys that need to be made by vehicle. That’s why we have been consulting on a range of proposals funded by Transport for London, in different parts of the borough, to make roads cleaner and safer for residents. Proposals include new cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNS). LTNs prevent cars from taking shortcuts through residential roads by closing the road with planters, bollards or cameras in strategic locations. The needs of the emergency services are taken into account too and we work closely with them. We understand that not all these proposals have been universally popular and we have received some real concerns about how some of the proposed schemes would work. I would like to assure residents and businesses that we are hearing those concerns and will ensure these inform decisions that we take. We have written today specifically to businesses on Old Dover Road, who have expressed significant concern about the potential impact of these proposals to ensure they know we are hearing those concerns loudly and clearly. We have been listening to your feedback during the course of these consultations and after each one closes, we will analyse in detail all the responses that have been collected. These responses will, alongside other information like traffic data, inform a decision on the schemes. I have also been talking to our teams at the Council about how we can improve the way we engage with our communities on projects like this in the future. I have asked officers to begin developing plans for deeper engagement at a local level, looking at methods such as citizens juries to ensure that the views heard are representative of all residents. We will then announce the next steps on a scheme-by-scheme basis to address the issues raised and with just a few days to go before consultations close, I would strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t had their say yet to let us know as soon as possible. Follow the links below to find out the latest on each scheme...

Posted on 18th March 2021

by Cllr Danny Thorpe and Cllr Sizwe James