POLL OF THE DAY: Should Britain ban low traffic neighbourhoods? VOTE HERE

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POLL OF THE DAY: Should Britain ban low traffic neighbourhoods? VOTE HERE

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Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell


Published: 21/06/2024

- 05:00

Should Britain ban low traffic neighbourhoods? Vote now in our poll below

Local councils are set to continue imposing low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) under a Labour Government, Sir Keir Starmer has pledged.

Asked whether he would block the creation of new LTNs if elected, the Labour leader last week that: “I think this is very much a matter for local people in their area to decide, according to their local council.


“So I don’t think the Government should be dictating what happens; it’s for local authorities to decide according to their local population.”

Asked if he thinks LTNs are a good thing, Starmer said: “Outside a school, do I think it’s a good idea to have low traffic? Yes, I do.

“And I doubt that there’s a parent across the country that would say they want to get rid of low traffic outside of schools.

“It’s been in place for a very, very long time.

“When we were taking our children to primary school, I was very pleased to know that it was a low-traffic area.

“I would be very surprised if there’s a parent that says please can we have some fast cars going past our primary school.”

LTNKier Starmer stated LTNs would be for "local authorities to decide"PA

However, drivers have at several points fumed over the introduction of LTNs and called for them to be scrapped.

Devon County Council revealed it will remove a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Exeter which was put in place last year.

The removal comes after the council completed a public consultation of the LTN in May and found that a “disproportionately” higher number of the community were unhappy with the current system.

Overall, the review found that 82 per cent of responses to the LTN were opposed to it with only 18 per cent in support.

One person warned that when congestion picks up again and there is no measure in place, the “people” will have a lot of explaining to do.

The person said: “Single occupancy car traffic will continue to clog Exeter's streets. No one who campaigned against low traffic has a leg to stand if they complain about traffic now.”

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