Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

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Newham Council is committed to creating people-friendly streets and making it easier and safer for all our residents to consider sustainable modes of transport. Whether travelling by foot, cycling, scooting, using a wheelchair or other mobility aids, this will all contribute towards creating a cleaner and healthier borough.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling, to reduce pressure on our road and public transport networks, and to support with social distancing. This is why we have accelerated our delivery programme and are introducing experimental Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), as well as other measures, in the borough.

With limited capacity on public transport and with over 50% of Newham households not owning a car, we need to ensure that residents have a safe and attractive alternative to get to where they need to for work, schools and local amenities, subject to government advice and the restrictions in place for social distancing.

Less traffic on our streets will also reduce road danger, particularly for more vulnerable road users such as children and elderly people crossing the road, while at the same time lowering the level of harmful emissions from motorised vehicles. Newham has the poorest air quality in the country and some of the highest asthma rates amongst the under 18s, and we need to make some fundamental changes to our streets to help residents stay physically active and healthy, improve local air quality, and encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)?

A Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) aims to improve street environments and local neighbourhoods for walking and cycling by reducing traffic volumes. Often, motorised vehicles will use local streets to shorten their journey times, but at the same time increasing local traffic, road danger and pollution levels, and therefore making it harder for residents to choose walking or cycling for local journeys.

An LTN uses access restrictions, known as ‘modal filters’, to prevent motorised vehicles from using local streets as a cut-through to avoid main roads. ‘Modal filters’ are created with physical barriers on the road, such as planters or bollards, or are signposted and monitored with enforcement cameras. Modal filters with physical barriers will restrict access for motorised vehicles but will still allow enough space for pedestrians and cyclists to travel through them.

Local residents, businesses, visitors, emergency services and other service providers such as waste collection, utilities and deliveries will still have vehicular access to every address within the LTN scheme, although they may need to take a slightly different route than before. We have consulted emergency services to ensure that each scheme meets their requirements.

All our LTN schemes will be introduced on an experimental basis and will be in place for a maximum period of 18 months. During this time, we will be gathering local feedback, consulting key stakeholders and collecting traffic data to help determine whether the scheme will be made permanent or not in the future.

Location map of LTN schemes


Find out more and share your views

Normally, we would consult with local people before starting works, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the urgent need to improve our streets, we are gathering feedback while the schemes are on the ground. This is an opportunity for you to let us know how well a scheme is working, highlight any issues and make suggestions for improvements in the short-term or to inform the design of a possible permanent scheme in the future.

For more information on each LTN scheme and to share your views, click on the relevant link below.

Area 1: Maryland (In partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest)

Bounded by Crownfield Road, Leytonstone Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road.

Area 2: Odessa (In partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest)

Bounded by Cann Hall Road, Dames Road, Woodgrange Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road.

Area 3: Manbey

Bounded by Manbey Grove, Forest Lane, Romford Road and The Grove.

Area 4: Atherton

Bounded by Keogh Road - leading to Earlham Grove, Woodgrange Road, Romford Road and Forest Lane

Area 5&6 (to be launched at a future date)

Bounded by Capel Road, Forest Drive, Hampton Road, Romford Road and Woodgrange Road

Area 7: Stratford Park

Bounded by Romford Road, Vicarage Lane, Densham Road and West Ham Lane

Newham Council is committed to creating people-friendly streets and making it easier and safer for all our residents to consider sustainable modes of transport. Whether travelling by foot, cycling, scooting, using a wheelchair or other mobility aids, this will all contribute towards creating a cleaner and healthier borough.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling, to reduce pressure on our road and public transport networks, and to support with social distancing. This is why we have accelerated our delivery programme and are introducing experimental Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), as well as other measures, in the borough.

With limited capacity on public transport and with over 50% of Newham households not owning a car, we need to ensure that residents have a safe and attractive alternative to get to where they need to for work, schools and local amenities, subject to government advice and the restrictions in place for social distancing.

Less traffic on our streets will also reduce road danger, particularly for more vulnerable road users such as children and elderly people crossing the road, while at the same time lowering the level of harmful emissions from motorised vehicles. Newham has the poorest air quality in the country and some of the highest asthma rates amongst the under 18s, and we need to make some fundamental changes to our streets to help residents stay physically active and healthy, improve local air quality, and encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN)?

A Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) aims to improve street environments and local neighbourhoods for walking and cycling by reducing traffic volumes. Often, motorised vehicles will use local streets to shorten their journey times, but at the same time increasing local traffic, road danger and pollution levels, and therefore making it harder for residents to choose walking or cycling for local journeys.

An LTN uses access restrictions, known as ‘modal filters’, to prevent motorised vehicles from using local streets as a cut-through to avoid main roads. ‘Modal filters’ are created with physical barriers on the road, such as planters or bollards, or are signposted and monitored with enforcement cameras. Modal filters with physical barriers will restrict access for motorised vehicles but will still allow enough space for pedestrians and cyclists to travel through them.

Local residents, businesses, visitors, emergency services and other service providers such as waste collection, utilities and deliveries will still have vehicular access to every address within the LTN scheme, although they may need to take a slightly different route than before. We have consulted emergency services to ensure that each scheme meets their requirements.

All our LTN schemes will be introduced on an experimental basis and will be in place for a maximum period of 18 months. During this time, we will be gathering local feedback, consulting key stakeholders and collecting traffic data to help determine whether the scheme will be made permanent or not in the future.

Location map of LTN schemes


Find out more and share your views

Normally, we would consult with local people before starting works, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the urgent need to improve our streets, we are gathering feedback while the schemes are on the ground. This is an opportunity for you to let us know how well a scheme is working, highlight any issues and make suggestions for improvements in the short-term or to inform the design of a possible permanent scheme in the future.

For more information on each LTN scheme and to share your views, click on the relevant link below.

Area 1: Maryland (In partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest)

Bounded by Crownfield Road, Leytonstone Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road.

Area 2: Odessa (In partnership with the London Borough of Waltham Forest)

Bounded by Cann Hall Road, Dames Road, Woodgrange Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road.

Area 3: Manbey

Bounded by Manbey Grove, Forest Lane, Romford Road and The Grove.

Area 4: Atherton

Bounded by Keogh Road - leading to Earlham Grove, Woodgrange Road, Romford Road and Forest Lane

Area 5&6 (to be launched at a future date)

Bounded by Capel Road, Forest Drive, Hampton Road, Romford Road and Woodgrange Road

Area 7: Stratford Park

Bounded by Romford Road, Vicarage Lane, Densham Road and West Ham Lane