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UK government seeks to limit low-traffic schemes as part of its ‘plan for drivers’ | Low-traffic neighbourhoods

UK government seeks to limit low-traffic schemes as part of its ‘plan for drivers’ | Low-traffic neighbourhoods

The Department for Transport (DfT) is set to intensify its battle with local councils over low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and other active travel measures, with imminent new guidance seeking to limit their use. However, a promised plan to try to force local authorities into abandoning the schemes by cutting them off from the central database needed to issue fines for infractions is understood to be legally complicated and not yet ready to proceed. Sunak’s “plan for drivers”, unveiled in September and intended to prioritise motorists’ needs at the expense of other road users such as bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians, sought to crack down on not just LTNs but also 20mph speed limits and bus lanes. The latest salvo, in the form of guidance to councils expected in the next few days, is expected to focus mainly on LTNs, which seek to boost active travel by preventing motor vehicles from using smaller residential streets as cut-throughs, while allowing full access for pedestrians and cyclists. These are the responsibility of councils, and while the DfT has already …

The Guardian view on low-traffic neighbourhoods: spread the word – these schemes work | Editorial

The Guardian view on low-traffic neighbourhoods: spread the word – these schemes work | Editorial

It should be a no-brainer. In a country where 63.8% of adults are overweight, millions of people do not take the minimum amount of recommended exercise, and air pollution is a serious risk to health, encouraging walking and cycling rather than driving short distances is good public policy. All over the world, but particularly in rich, western countries such as the UK, where populations are ageing and healthcare costs are rising, boosting public health and preventing illness should be aims shared by all. As well as their local impacts, cars are a big contributor to global heating and in 2021 were responsible for 57% of the UK’s transport emissions. But ever since the Conservatives pulled off a narrow victory in last year’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip byelection, aided to some degree by their opposition to the expansion of Sadiq Khan’s ultra-low emissions zone (Ulez), Rishi Sunak’s government has performed an about-turn. A preference for private over public transport has long been a feature of rightwing politics. But under Boris Johnson, a combination of public health …

Rishi Sunak’s report finds low-traffic neighbourhoods work and are popular | Low-traffic neighbourhoods

Rishi Sunak’s report finds low-traffic neighbourhoods work and are popular | Low-traffic neighbourhoods

An official study of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) ordered by Rishi Sunak amid efforts to stop them being built has instead concluded they are generally popular and effective and the report was initially buried, the Guardian has learned. The long-delayed review by Department for Transport (DfT) officials was commissioned by the prime minister last July, as Sunak sought to capitalise on controversy about the schemes by promising drivers he was “on their side”. Downing Street had hoped that the study would bolster their arguments against LTNs, which are mainly installed by Labour-run councils, but it largely points the other way. The report, which applies only to England as transport is devolved, had been scheduled for publication in January. However, after its findings emerged, government advisers asked that it be permanently shelved, the Guardian was told. One government source disputed this, saying the report would be published soon, and it was “categorically not the case” that it had been suppressed. A copy of the report seen by the Guardian said that polling carried out inside four sample …