MP Smarter Travel Partner with London Borough of Waltham Forest

We are pleased to announce that MP Smarter Travel are partnering with London Borough of Waltham Forest to gather consultation responses within their South Leytonstone low traffic neighbourhood (LTN).

 

What are low traffic neighbourhoods?

Low traffic neighbourhoods are places where motor vehicle traffic is restricted within residential areas, making the streets to help make it safer for residents to travel by foot or bicycle, and more environmentally friendly. Roads are normally blocked off to motor vehicles using planters, ANPR cameras or bollards to restrict traffic.

Alternative driving routes are set up throughout the LTNs so that people can still access the area, and residents who live within the LTN can easily access their property by motor vehicle.

 

Benefits of a low traffic neighbourhood

Low traffic neighbourhoods are an excellent way of making streets safer, with reports stating they can reduce road injuries by up to 50 per cent, and improve overall quality of life with cleaner air, quieter streets and relationships being built between neighbours.

In regards to the economy, the impact of LTNs is significant. According to research conducted by Living Streets, results have shown that people who walk to the high street can spend up to 40 per cent more than those who drive there, giving the local economy a direct boost.

 

Did you know?

  • Over 70 LTNs were implemented in London between March and Sept 2020 which an estimated 3.7 per cent of Londoners now living inside a new LTN.
  • Hackney has more LTNs than any other London Borough.
  • In London 36 per cent of car trips are under 2 kilometres (1.25 miles), a distance that can be walked in around 20 minutes.

As part of our work with London Borough of Waltham Forest, we’ll be speaking with schools, local residents, businesses and community groups, including places of worship, to get their input on LTNs and why, or why they wouldn’t, want them introduced.

Gathering direct input from the community is vital to ensure that any work that is implemented, meets the needs of the borough’s constituents and can be utilised and accessed by as wide a range of people as possible.

Low traffic neighbourhoods offer a great opportunity to help lower pollution, create more enjoyable places to live and work and create safer streets. If you would like to start the journey to implementing a low traffic neighbourhood in your borough, contact us at info@mpsmartertravel.co.uk or call 0207 960 2553.