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Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to be ripped up if Tories win London mayoral elections

Unwanted emergency cycle lanes in the capital will be ripped up within the first 100 days of a Conservative win in the London Tory mayoral elections. Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate, has threatened to scrap every Low Traffic Neighbourhood imposed by City Hall if he beats Labour’s Sadiq Khan on May 6. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) use street furniture such as planters to block roads in residential areas. They reduce traffic volumes, but can make it harder for drivers to get around and can be particularly disruptive for disabled and vulnerable residents. They have proved to be local flashpoints because many councils impose them on communities during the pandemic with minimal consultation. However in a major policy announcement Mr Bailey said he would ensure that consultations are held on LTNs which he said have been implemented using emergency powers and without public consultation. He pledged that these LTNs which have been imposed on communities without their support are removed. Mr Bailey said:“LTNs that Sadiq Khan funded were pushed through without giving residents a say. And they’re the ones facing the consequences. “Increased traffic. Greater pollution on main roads. Longer wait times for ambulances. As Mayor, I’ll hold consultations within 100 days and scrap every LTN that a majority of residents don’t want.” He added: “Together we can get London moving, kickstart our recovery and give London a fresh start.” Last month Transport secretary Grant Shapps admitted local authorities “got it wrong” and “had not thought through” some of the plans before shutting roads to motorists. The Transport Secretary said he was fully aware of the strength of feeling because of “a weekly column in a newspaper where I see them every single week on a Sunday”, in a reference to a series of articles about their unpopularity in the Sunday Telegraph. Mr Shapps said he had received “more contact on this than any other subject probably other than Beeching reversals from Members of Parliament wanting to have well designed schemes in their area”.