Consultation into a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) covering eastern areas of Greenwich around Maze Hill has now commenced.
The scheme would involve three cameras placed on north-south roads between Greenwich Park and the A102 at Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill and Westcombe Hill.
The use of cameras instead of physical obstructions would permit the use of emergency services vehicles, taxis and buses. These are presumably three of the 40 cameras Greenwich Council seek to install from this spring, as I covered earlier this month.
There is one physical obstruction at Halstow Road where it crosses the railway line.
The project follows another LTN to the west of Greenwich Park.
It is estimated the use of CCTV will result in sizable income which is ringfenced to transport projects. If the scheme does go ahead will we see incoming funds used to improve nearby streets which are far from inviting for pedestrians?
Some concerns have been raised about additional traffic on Trafalgar Road and Woolwich Road. Supporters claim it will make local streets safer for residents. One concern is displacing traffic to the east past Victoria Way in Charlton and hundreds of new homes. It is possible that will be the next area for an LTN.
The consultation runs until 8th March and can be seen here.
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UPDATE: I’ve been reading through comments on the consultation website and some misunderstand how these projects and their finances work. Money allocated for them is ringfenced and cannot be spent elsewhere, thus saying “spend on X or Y” is often not possible.
Other comments include “how about a speed camera”; it’s different funds and different organisations behind them. Council’s do not fund or decide on the installation of speed cameras.
Another argument often seen is “only in posh areas”, yet the poorer east of the borough around Abbey Wood and lower Plumstead have had them for years. Also, new flats facing busy roads in the area are far from cheap to buy or rent.
Finally here’s one argument that misunderstands the whole point of LTNs: “With the closure all these roads, to drive two streets away will necessitate a 5km drive via the A102 and the Sun in the Sands roundabout, creating far more pollution and congestion than is the case right now for a two minute journey”.
Preventing people driving two streets away (or any short journey) is exactly what it is intended to do. Far less people will do it when it becomes arduous. With less people driving short journeys when they are able to travel via other means, the aim is to then free up road space for those that do need it. It’s not an instant fix-all and proponents state behaviour change takes some time.