Agenda item

LTN - Albert Road

To provide feedback to the Committee on a number of workstreams, which includes consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts and to seek a way forward with the measures.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

The trial remain in place for a further 5 months allowing for 2 further vehicle counts - as close as possible to the same dates a year earlier, and a further round of air quality monitoring. The trial to come to Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee in December 2021 for decision

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report by the Assistant Director Highways, Transport and Regulatory Services which provided feedback to the Committee on the Albert Road Traffic Scheme on a number of work streams, which included consultation responses (portal/email/ETMO), comment on traffic surveys and air quality assessments and potential impacts. The report asked the committee to agree a way forward.

 

The report considered that the proposals would improve the local area and make it more attractive for residents, creating an environment that encourages more walking and cycling. The report noted that the COVID 19 pandemic, and the changing travel patterns had presented both an opportunity and a threat. The opportunity was that the council was able to bring forward at a quicker pace than expected a number of ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ (LTN) projects which would make Kingston a clean, green and safe borough for all residents. It was therefore important that their analysis looked at other factors such as the impact of the schemes on air quality, traffic flows and cycling patterns. LTNs were an important tool to make local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and so to help tackle the climate crisis, improve air quality and make Kingston neighbourhoods better places to live making local roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The report noted that LTNs encouraged active travel, which in the long term would help to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. The report went on to note that the Council had originally identified four scheme locations for LTNs, which were set out in the report to the Response and Recovery Committee on 30 July 2020. It included a scheme for the Albert Road area in the Kingston Town Neighbourhood, and the scope of the scheme area could be seen on the plan at Annex 1 to the report. The report further noted that the process used to implement the LTNs was an ‘Experimental Traffic Management Order’ (ETMO). Use of this process was strongly encouraged by central government and TfL. This was a common process which allowed the immediate implementation of measures and a consultation running in parallel with the implementation of the experiment, although it was not the ‘usual’ way that Kingston has implemented traffic management and improvement projects. The ETMO process included a six month engagement period at the start of the trial which could remain in place for up to 18 months in total. In addition to the formal traffic order consultation, residents were able to submit their views about the LTN schemes online ‘informally’ using the Kingston Let’s Talk portal. Over 311 residents submitted their views via Kingston Let’s Talk on the LTN on Albert Road. The engagement process had also included reaching out to stakeholder groups, setting up the Street Talk publication and feedback through the Streetspace email inbox and via Members. The engagement feedback was, however, only part of the overall analysis process, which included the longer-term policy ambitions for the Council. The report further noted that the Council wanted to make Kingston a clean, green and safe borough for all residents. It was therefore important that analysis looked at other factors such as the impact of the schemes on air quality, traffic flows and cycling patterns. Although there was a formal process by which responses to the ETMO could be made, it was felt the series of questions used for the Let’s Talk survey would capture more precisely people’s experiences and attitudes to the LTNs

After discussion, it was RESOLVED that:

 

The trial remain in place for a further 5 months allowing for 2 further vehicle counts - as close as possible to the same dates a year earlier, and a further round of air quality monitoring. The trial to come to Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee in December 2021 for decision

 

Voting: Unanimous

 

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