Railton LTN has followed Lambeth’s LTN monitoring strategy and gone through two stages of monitoring and a public consultation. We know changes to roads take time to settle in, so we need to monitor in stages to see how travel behaviour changes over time.
The monitoring considered traffic counts, air quality, public transport and emergency service journey times and community feedback. The stages are outlined below:
Temporary Traffic Order
Experimental Traffic Order
- Objection Period (6 months)
- Stage 2 Monitoring
- Consultation (5 weeks)
Permanent Traffic Order
- Stage 3 Monitoring
- Filter design engagement
The primary objective of the scheme was to achieve a reduction in traffic considering both roads within and the boundaries of the area.
The results of the monitoring are outlined here:
- Motor vehicle traffic fell by 63 per cent inside the LTN and by 18 per cent when including boundary roads.
- It fell by 67 per cent on Shakespeare Road and by around 3,000 cars per day on Railton Road.
- Cycling rates were high before the LTN and have stayed that way. But on Railton Road they have nearly doubled, increasing by 92 per cent.
Lambeth Council launched a consultation for the Railton LTN on September 6th, 2021 for a period of 5 weeks up to 11th October.
The consultation was open to any organisation and any member of the public who wished to provide a response. The primary response channels available during the consultation were:
- An online survey (residents could request a paper copy with free post return envelope)
- Telephone surveys undertaken by a market research agency with a representative sample of residents living within the area
- Email correspondence
- Council staff being available on-street to help residents and visitors to the area complete the survey on tablet, provide paper copies of the survey, or answer quick questions.
- Youth engagement
- Street audits with disabled people, run by Transport for All (a pan-disability, mobility charity)
- Street activation events to gather feedback on permanent space ideas.
- Online consultation survey form: 2,928
- Representative telephone polling: 192
- Email correspondences: 395
- 53.8% agree ‘the LTN it is a positive change’
- 53.5% agree ‘the LTN has made it feel safer using the street in the day’
- 53.0% agree ‘the LTN has made the area a better place to live and spend time’
- 52.2% agree ‘the LTN has made it easier to cycle/ use an adapted cycle or mobility scooter’
- 47.3% agree ‘the LTN has made it easier to walk/ use a walking aid/ wheelchair’
- 45.6% agree ‘the LTN has made it easier for me to make the trips I need to make’
- 45.2% agree ‘the LTN has made it easier for me to get to local shops and services’
- 44.1% agree ‘the LTN has made it feel safer using the street in the night’
- 39.8% agree ‘the LTN has made it easier for me to get to friends and family’
- 39.0% agree ‘the LTN has made me take fewer trips by car.’
The monitoring has helped to inform amendments to the trial scheme and has led to the decision to build a permanent version of the scheme.
Railton LTN Permanent Scheme Decision Report