In 2016, Public Health England released a guide for local authorities to promote active travel as a solution to physical inactivity. Physical inactivity costs the UK billions of pounds a year when its impact on NHS, social care, absence from work caused by illness and other factors are considered. On 23rd May 2020, the UK government announced funding to local authorities in England for active travel schemes and encouraged them to make the changes as soon as possible. As a result, most London councils (by following the guidance by Transport for London) and some other cities in England started introducing modal filters to create Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) to access the government funding.
- Neighbourhoods closed to through traffic get less noise, less pollution & more space for activities
- Encourages the use of alternative travel options which reduces car ownership and overall traffic in the area
- Fewer interruptions to the flow of traffic on the main roads caused by side roads
- More vehicles on the main roads caused by the lack of parallel routes
- Rise in pollution levels on the main roads due to the increased number of vehicles
- Significant increase in driving distance for short journeys
What do you think about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have their pros and cons and it is probably one of the most controversial topics of the decade. Are you happy with the changes or do you think they should be reversed? Make sure your opinion is heard by your local authority.
- Low traffic neighbourhoods: what are they and who are they for? – Greenpeace
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – London Living Streets
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: what, why and where? – Made by TfL
- The new road rage: bitter rows break out over UK’s low-traffic neighbourhoods – The Guardian
- What’s the latest on London’s new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods? – On London
- Active travel: a briefing for local authorities – GOV.UK
- Active travel fund: local transport authority allocations – GOV.UK
- Traffic Management Act 2004: network management in response to COVID-19 – GOV.UK
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Creating Liveable Cities on the Cheap | Adam Reynolds | TEDxBath – YouTube