Why Hanover and Tarner was chosen 

Our Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee agreed to pilot a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in Hanover following a deputation presented by Hanover Action (Group) in June 2020. 

The introduction of LTN schemes will complement our aim to provide a liveable city for all our residents. 

We declared a Climate Emergency in 2018 and the LTN pilot will contribute to the city’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. One of the top 3 recommendations of Brighton & Hove’s Climate Assembly was healthier low traffic/pedestrianised communities. 

Hanover and Tarner LTN data collection methodology

In order to inform the development of the pilot Liveable Neighbourhood project, a range of data and information has been collected to provide a baseline.

Download the Hanover and Tarner LTN data collection methodology technical report.

Access and parking 

People will still have vehicle access to their home and/or businesses. The entry point into the area might change but residents will still have access. 

Visitors, deliveries, emergency services and services such as waste collection will all continue to have access to all properties. 

So that residential streets are made safer and can be opened up and made more liveable, driving may become a little less convenient. The residents parking schemes will also remain in the area. 

The Bus Gate on Southover Street 

The bus gate will ensure bus services can continue to operate on Southover Street while still preventing rat-running. The consultation plan included a bus gate at the western end of Southover Street at the junction with Lewes Road.  This is being reviewed following the consultation.

Bus gates can be scheduled to operate 24 hours a day or be timed to be effective during the day or during busier hours known as rush hours and peak times. 

The timings of the bus gate are still to be determined. When the bus gate is operational, private car drivers would not be able to drive through it. 

Boundary roads 

The roads that form the border of the Hanover and Tarner area are designed to carry greater volumes of traffic than the streets within the internal area, and will be used by those driving to other parts of the city. 

Various permanent are being explored for the boundary roads. These could include traffic calming measures such as Vehicle Activated Signs, road markings, accessible bus stops and other measures. These are still to be confirmed.  

We will also be introducing measures to tackle pavement parking on Elm Grove following a recent committee decision. These will be delivered separately to the Liveable Neighbourhood.

Disabled people 

We carried out a disability audit of the area in conjunction with Possability People; a local organisation who support disabled people to live independently with dignity and without prejudice. 

This was to assess how accessible and welcoming the area currently is for disabled people. A number of issues have been identified and these have been incorporated into the project. 

Project monitoring 

Monitoring will include:

  • air quality
  • traffic and cycle counts
  • public opinion surveys and questions about how people travel through the area both before and after the project has been installed

Monitoring will include all boundary roads. 

Making changes 

We’ll be using what’s known as an ‘Experimental Traffic Regulation Order’ for measures within the internal area of the Liveable Neighbourhood. This means that even after construction, we will be able to adjust or make some changes to ensure it’s working in the best way possible.