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 

Second stage of engagement

The second stage of engagement to inform the co-design process with local residents completed 18 April 2022 with ongoing stakeholder meetings taking place. All feedback will be analysed and considered. This information and other surveys such as traffic modelling results will be used to inform the next design stage. 

The Hanover & Tarner Liveable Neighbourhood (and boundary roads) concept design will be updated, before it is presented to the ETS Committee in June. If promoted to the next stage of design, the ‘preferred design’ will then go out to citywide public consultation, before a final design is produced and reported back to ETS Committee in Autumn 2022.

We'll then construct an experimental scheme in Winter 2022 to 2023. When its is completed we'll be monitor this.

A number of TROs and/or Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders will be required to re-regulate traffic or parking restrictions to be able to test the experimental scheme. If at least 6 objections are registered through the Traffic Regulation Order statutory consultation process, then ETS Committee has 18 months to decide whether to make the scheme permanent, either as originally advertised or as subsequently amended.

Once in place, the trial scheme will be used to help inform the medium to longer-term strategy for the future delivery of low traffic neighbourhoods across Brighton & Hove.