Low traffic neighbourhoods

The liveable neighbourhood pilot will create a low traffic neighbourhood which will be planned and designed to reduce motor traffic cutting through residential streets in the Hanover area.

Low traffic neighbourhoods schemes minimise the amount of ‘through’ traffic caused by drivers using residential streets to make short cuts to get to another destination. It is important for destinations to be reached using the the major road network wherever possible.

LTN schemes maintain access for private vehicles to homes and businesses within the area and enable priority access for emergency vehicles and council services such as waste collection and public transport.

Traffic is reduced by installing ‘filters’ such as bollards and planters and camera technology

Low traffic neighbourhood schemes can transform areas dominated by vehicles and open up streets for more community uses. They enable more people to travel through the area on foot, bicycle, wheeling or by public transport. Areas can also be used for play and social distancing if required.

LTN schemes also provide the opportunity to create new ‘green space.’ In the Hanover pilot it is hoped that there will be at least one ‘pocket park.’ Find out more about low traffic neighbourhoods and what they do on the Sustrans website. Sustrans is a charity working to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

There are now many examples of low traffic neighbourhood schemes in London, such as Waltham Forest and Enfield’s quieter neighbourhood schemes.

What happens next 

We held an online engagement process and local events in October and November 2021 to gather ideas and suggestions from residents living within the proposed Liveable Neighbourhood area. 

Consultants will now use the information provided by the community to develop options for the liveable neighbourhood which will be presented to members of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee in March 2022.  

A public consultation will follow.