The consulted-on options for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in East Sheen will not be going ahead, following a detailed period of engagement with residents in the area, the Council’s press release states.
In recent years, the area has suffered from an increase in traffic using local residential roads between Richmond Park (Sheen Gate) and the Upper Richmond Road West (South Circular). Pressures on the local road network were also worsened following the emergency closure of Hammersmith Bridge.
Last summer the Council asked residents their views on potential low traffic neighbourhood. A low traffic neighbourhood is designed to keep through-traffic on the most appropriate roads and discourage drivers using less appropriate residential roads.
There were over 1,593 responses to the consultation. The response was clear that residents did not support any of the four proposed schemes, the existing experimental measures or even a consultation on a proposed CPZ. Therefore, at the Transport and Air Quality Committee last night (Monday 27 January 2020), members agreed not to move forward with the proposal and remove the current experimental measures.
The Committee agreed that for at least the next 12 months, it will not deploy any major Low Traffic Neighbourhood highway changes in the area and residents are encouraged to use the moratorium to discuss the traffic issues more extensively and if appropriate, propose alternative traffic arrangements for the area. If such proposals come forward the Council will consider them against their policies and budgets.
Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee, said:
“We always said that all options remained on the table. Yesterday’s decision truly underlines that this is a listening council.”
“We considered all the feedback we have had throughout this wider two-year process and while it is of course disappointing to see a return to the pre-2018 arrangements, the absence of a consensus on a way to improve East Sheen’s traffic issues, meant this outcome is the only appropriate approach.”
“The Council is proud to have grappled with a tough issue like this in an attempt to improve people’s lives. Not every such endeavour will be met with wholesome support and in cases like this it’s important to know when to call time.”
“The Council remains keen to work with local residents of the area and if a consensus is to emerge from 12 months of resident-led discussion, I will be only to keen to explore the potential for its delivery.”