LB Ealing to scrap majority of LTNs after consulting residents

Almost all of LB Ealing’s Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods are set to be scrapped after a residents living within active schemes have overwhelmingly rejected them.

The council has said it will rip out seven of the LTNs it set up during the pandemic, following the results of a ‘referendum’ published on 20 August.

A consultation of residents living in roads covered by the schemes found between 58 and 82% opposed them.

The Acton Central, Junction Road, Loveday Road, Mattock Lane, Olive Road, West Ealing North and Bowes Road LTNs will be removed.

More than 20,000 people responded to the consultation, around 5.8% of Ealing’s 345,000 residents. Supporters of the schemes have argued this figure is too small to be representative of majority opinion.

Ealing Council said Government guidance released in July prevents the immediate removal of restrictions, saying a final decision on the schemes is “likely to be taken at the council’s Cabinet meeting in September”.

Image above: anti-LTN protestors outside of Ealing Council in April 2020

Results confirm LTNs are not the answer, say Ealing’s opposition leaders

Following the publication of the consultation’s results, Ealing Liberal Democrat leader Gary Malcolm said:

“Ealing council needs to roll out more cycling provision, such as cycle hangers, cycle hoops and cycle training as well as making the Uxbridge Road and other main roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

“LTNs are not the answer as they only push traffic to other roads. Any future transport schemes need to actively consult neighbouring boroughs as well as our residents.”

Conservative councillor Gregory Stafford added:

“The results of this survey confirm what we have been telling the council for over a year – residents want these LTNs scrapped.”

Just two of the Ealing traffic blocks will remain in place – Adrienne Avenue and Deans Road – after 60 to 70 per cent of people living the streets said they were in favour of the measures.

Council Leader Peter Mason thanked residents took part in the consultation via the council’s Twitter account.

To see the consultation’s results in full, you can click here.

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