Lower Ham Road becomes a permanent Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Since its introduction in September 2020, the trial scheme has created a safer, quieter space for pedestrians and cyclists and is now set to become a permanent fixture.

The Kingston Neighbourhood Committee (2 November) has approved the recommendation to make the current Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trial on Lower Ham Road in Kingston permanent, keeping the fixed closure and planters in place.

The Lower Ham LTN was first introduced as a trial in September 2020. More than 150 residents from within the LTN area shared their views on the scheme, with 57% in favour of the scheme.

The scheme will be subject to ongoing monitoring, additional traffic and air quality surveys, and an update report will be produced and brought back to the committee for information in 12 months time.

Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes are areas that are closed off to through-traffic. This prevents drivers from using residential roads as shortcuts and makes it safer and easier for people to walk and cycle. They also help to improve air quality over time.

They contribute to the council’s commitments to tackling climate change, improving air quality and enabling our residents and visitors to use sustainable travel options.
Residents can continue to share their feedback on the scheme by using the ideas tool on Let’s Talk. This will help the council to continue to respond to any issues and needs identified by residents.
Alongside LTNs the council continues to invest in school streets and cycle training, along with its award-winning cycle network. It is also introducing more electric vehicle charging points to make it easier for those who need to drive to make the switch to electric vehicles.

Read the full report for Lower Ham Road.

For more information on Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes visit: kingston.gov.uk/lowtrafficneighbourhoods.

To find out more about the council’s sustainable transport initiatives visit: kingston.gov.uk/Sustainabletransport.

Published: 12th November 2021