Lambeth council has released the first results of traffic monitoring around the Railton Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) it installed in June 2020. And motor traffic levels have plunged across the area following implementation, including on nearby main roads, and taking into account a new “baseline” for Covid.
Obviously, Covid and associated lockdowns are having all sorts of impacts on car use and motor traffic levels across London, but the approach Lambeth has used to create a new baseline based on traffic counters in use constantly across the borough shows it’s possible, despite the pandemic, to show that schemes are successfully resulting in getting more people walking and cycling, and cutting car use and car traffic volumes in the area. Again – the evidence mounts that LTNs particularly are not the cause of traffic chaos and are hugely positive overall for Londoners.
Within the LTN, traffic volumes versus Covid-adjusted baseline:
On the edges of the LTN, traffic volumes versus Covid-adjusted baseline:
Overall, across the area, traffic volumes versus Covid-adjusted baseline:
Since monitoring, further changes have been proposed including a no entry on Rattray to deal with displacement there.