Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in tatters as residents protests force U-turns

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More than 200 people joined a protest in Birmingham yesterday afternoon to appeal over the introduction of LTN schemes in the city. The protest was arranged by The Workers Party which is backed by George Galloway.

LTN experiments have been introduced across various parts of the city but have not been welcomed by residents.

Many are angry over the lack of consultation to the schemes and the amount of misplaced traffic around the city.

There are concerns traffic would simply move to other areas instead of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

They said: “About 200 people now gathered in Kings Heath at the protest called by our branch @[email protected] to vocalise our opposition to the way @BhamCityCouncil and #Labour councillors have imposed this mess of an #LTN.

“REAL Green policies start with public transport.”

It is understood Birmingham City Council modified some of the schemes before they were first introduced.

The council is keen to introduce the schemes to meet their “ambitious climate targets”.

However, more changes could be on the cards after the negative reaction from locals.

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Just over a week ago, Birmingham City Council said they were “committed” to adapting and improving the schemes.

They said: “Transport bosses have also promised a series of ‘quick fix’ measures to improve traffic flow in congested locations including better signage and changes to traffic signal timings.”

They added: “The schemes in Moseley and Kings Heath have received a significant amount of feedback, with strong views expressed both for and against.”

Last month Ealing council became the latest London authority to ditch their Low Traffic Neighborhood project following a similar backlash from locals.

More than 1,000 people protested outside Ealing town hall in April which forced the council into major updates.

Ealing Councillor Deirdre Costigan said the scheme could not be introduced “without the support of local people”.

The council have also confirmed residents will get the “final say” on future road schemes.

The decision comes just weeks after a local resident overturned an LTN fine after the road signs were found to be “confusing and ambiguous”.

The resident had the fine removed at a tribunal after he drove down a route which said it was “open” for wheelchair users, cyclists, pedestrians and scooters.

The sign was supposed to celebrate how the LTN would allow pedestrians to use the road safely but the tribunal found the signs as misleading.

Harrow has also announced the removal of their Streetspace cycle lanes after a “clear” lack of support for the plans.

Protestors in Croydon have also attacked their Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes with some residents describing the project as a “cash cow”.

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