Harrow Council to remove two Streetspace schemes

Harrow Council’s cabinet has decided to remove two of three Transport for London (TfL) Streetspace schemes designed to support people to socially distance and encourage active travel during lockdown.

The low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and cycles lanes will be removed from Harrow following recommendations from the Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel.

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However, the school streets trial, which involved reducing traffic on four school streets, will be extended for six months.

An LTN is a scheme where vehicle traffic in residential streets is greatly reduced.

‘It is clear from the statutory consultation undertaken over the past six months that there is little support for the cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods implemented as part of the national initiative,’ said leader of Harrow Council Graham Henson.

‘And so, the decision to remove these experimental schemes is the right one for Harrow - we will keep residents informed about when this will take place.’

Cllr Henson continued: ‘We have listened to and understand residents’ concerns about how the schemes were implemented. Going forward the council will do things differently – engaging with our residents to shape projects before they are implemented.

‘We have some difficult decisions ahead of us to make our streets safer for all road users and reach our Climate Emergency pledge to lower emissions in the borough and be carbon neutral by 2030 but we will approach this challenge together in partnership with our residents.’

This article first appeared on localgov.co.uk.

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