The Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are being monitored as part of our Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Monitoring Strategy and assessed in up to three discreet stages to understand how they are performing and to make improvements.
Stage one – Initial adjustment
This is the stage covered by this report. In this stage, we expect that:
- Immediately post-implementation and before enforcement begins a proportion of drivers may not respect the legal restrictions and still travel through LTN ‘traffic filters’ (these still need to be accessible for emergency service vehicles in the emergency schemes, so physical barriers are largely avoided).
- Traffic across the wider area won’t have fully adjusted at this point. We would expect to see higher traffic levels throughout the monitored area than intended by the objectives of the project. Assessment should focus on identifying community issues and traffic problems to make specific design improvements where needed.
The following stages are:
Stage two – Settling down
Stage three – Regular use
You can read more about what we would expect during these stages in the Low Traffic Neighbourhood Monitoring Strategy.
Given the varied and uncertain way that Covid-19 is influencing travel behaviour, the stages are not fixed and will be affected, to varying degrees, by how Covid-19 restrictions evolve. This will include taking account of the uncertainty of Covid-19 and how long and which restrictions the government may instruct must be kept in place.
- During these stages LTNs may be modified or even removed altogether based on evidence and consultation.
- Schemes may also deliver on the objectives of the programme and contribute to our wider Borough policies and so may be made permanent.
- Full public consultation will take place before considering whether trial schemes should be made permanent or not.