LTN that caused three-mile bus journey to take two-and-a-half hours finally scrapped

LTN that caused three-mile bus journey to take two-and-a-half hours finally scrapped

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George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 08/03/2024

- 19:14

Sadiq Khan had once called the Streatham Wells LTN in South London "his favourite"

A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) that caused mass delays is set to be scrapped.

The scheme, at Streatham Wells, south London, had turned a three-mile bus journey into a two-and-a-half hour slog.

Now, Labour-led Lambeth Council has suspended the scheme after it caused huge traffic congestion in the suburb.

It comes after Mayor Sadiq Khan confessed that the zone is "not working" on LBC earlier this month.

An LTN sign and Khan

Sadiq Khan had called the LTN "one of his favourite"


Lambeth Council’s deputy leader Rezina Chowdhurysaid: "We’ve listened to the concerns raised by local people and recognise the major disruption coming as part of transport improvements on the main road running through Streatham."

Speaking to The Times, a spokesman for the Mayor of London suggested the decision was "the right thing to do."

The backlash to the scheme led to protests from a 60-strong crowd outside the council’s HQ in Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton.

One bus reportedly took 121 minutes to travel just 2.9 miles after the A23 arterial road, which runs along one side of the LTN, became heavily congested with traffic trying to avoid the scheme.


\u200bA protest was held outside the council\u2019s HQ in Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton

A protest was held outside the council’s HQ in Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton


London City Hall Conservatives’ leader Neil Garrat said: "It is a win for all the local people who’ve had to put up with Labour’s LTN nonsense in Streatham, and we who pressed Labour to open their eyes and look at the disaster they created."

Conservative candidate for Mayor of London Susan Hall added: "Sadiq Khan forced LTNs like this on Londoners, which do nothing but cause congestion and has threatened councils that have tried to get rid of them.

"While he ignores Londoner’s concerns, I will listen and support councils in removing these LTNs."

After LTNs were introduced in Lambeth, the number of penalty charge notices more than doubled.

Lambeth Council also blamed Thames Water roadworks for the congestion and said a segregated cycle lane is planned to replace the LTN.

A spokeswoman for Mr Khan said: "The Mayor has always been clear that if road schemes need to be changed or adapted to better work for the local area, then that is the right thing to do, working with local partners and residents."

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