Weíve been through this before and think weíve talked it to death. I think something to reduce everyoneís traffic is fair not the lucky few at the expense of others.
I also agree re James post, Iím hopeful a middle ground can be found to help everyone. As Iíve mentioned restoring Melbourne grove and court lane May be a useful step and see if that relieves the excess congestion on ll and edg while allowing some streets to be closed.
> @Dulwichgirl82 If you agree with the principle of
> trying to create some routes which are quieter /
> safer - then the question is where do you put
> them? You can't realistically close main roads to
> traffic. I would love Lordship Lane to be
> pedestrianised, but seriously?
> What has been done instead, is that those 'cut
> throughs' - short cuts linking main streets (or
> ďdistributorĒ roads where buses, lorries,
> non-local traffic should be), have had measures
> put in place to make it easier for them to be used
> by those on foot / bike. At the same time, it
> removes the rat running traffic from narrow
> residential streets. This seems like a reasonable
> target for such measures to me.
> I think James McAsh's post gives a good and
> balanced overview of the aims of the small number
> of filtered streets, as someone pointed out on
> another thread:
> The alternative to doing this, is to allow every
> street to be dominated by cars and to effectively
> give up on trying to create quieter routes for
> walking / cycling all together.
> Yes, it also has the benefit of creating low
> traffic neighbourhoods for the people who actually
> reside on those streets. I get that those back
> streets often have wealthier residents on them
> (although not exclusively). Whilst people may not
> like the 'inequity' of some having more respite
> from traffic and pollution than others, the
> alternative (making sure every street is dominated
> by cars) is not really my idea of a good outcome.
> It's effectively levelling down. The answer has to
> be to find ways of reducing traffic on main roads,
> without filling up all roads with motor vehicles
> and reducing traffic overall (something else which
> filtered roads / LTNs will help with).