RBG'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The importance of LTNs as building blocks towards cleaner air for ALL
Tweets from Mayor Sadiq Khan below. Click 'play' to view LBC interview on 18th January 2022
West Greenwich Traffic Reduction Scheme Supports RBG's Carbon Neutral Plan
As of 20th January 2022, RBG announced it would not be progressing with trials of Maze Hill Westcombe Park and Horn Park LTNs due to less than majority support from residents within the scheme areas and that displaced traffic from these LTNs would be against the Carbon Neutral Plan.
The West Greenwich LTN is in the last month of its 18 month trial period and has had huge support from residents within the scheme area. In the first consultation, RBG reported that 63.3% of those living within the scheme area supported the LTN and in the current second consultation, an even greater majority inside the scheme area supported the LTN as of the end of the 5th month of the 6-month consultation. RBG have prejudiced the outcome of the last month of the consultation responses from 20th January 2022 by announcing that it will not be progressing with a LTN in Maze Hill Westcombe Park.
RBG used the argument that the displacement of traffic is against their Carbon Neutral Plan, yet rat running increases overall mileage and emissions on residential roads. Plus capacity is created and thus encourages more traffic onto the through routes.
If you invite traffic, you get traffic.
Carbon Neutral Plan 2021-2030: Bold & Achievable Targets With LTNs
RBG has aspirations of achieving the ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2030; 20 years ahead of the 2050 national target.
Transport generated 31% of the borough’s total emissions in 2019, almost all from road vehicles. RBG's Transport targets include:
A 45% reduction in car use due to modal shift to public transport and active travel
A 10% decrease in van and truck use relative to current projections
Statement from RBG on 18th March 2021 stated, "Cars contribute to climate change and are a major source of air pollution too. Not everyone owns one, forty per cent of households in our borough don’t, yet they disproportionally affect everyone's quality of life due to pollution, speeding and illegal parking."
RBG's Carbon Neutral Plan, states that reducing transport emissions requires
a combination of actions, including a shift away from car travel to walking, cycling and public transport.
The West Greenwich LTN has promoted active travel and reduced air pollution in the area. Its quieter streets have made journeys to its schools, shops, the park and museums much safer. This LTN is a building block towards RBG's quest for a carbon neutral way of life.
We call for the West Greenwich LTN, situated in one of the borough's oldest and historic areas, to be made permanent.
We also call for LTNs to be rolled out to other residential areas suffering from excessive, dangerous traffic. See New LTNs page.
Turn Off the Engine
This car idles outside a home on Royal Place and only meters from the school.
LTNs : Building Blocks for Better Environment Across London
The intention of LTNs is to reduce the number of unnecessary car journeys and encourage modal shift, and in West Greenwich, the LTN also serves to improve not just the air quality but also safety for its residents, school children, university students and the millions of tourists to Historic Greenwich, Greenwich Park and the town centre.
LTNs are building blocks for forming a pattern of behavioural changes for reducing unnecessary car journeys across London. LTNs are supporting wider London action to improve air quality for future generations. Lewisham Borough has recently taken the bold decision to permanently retain the Lewisham & Lee Green LTN scheme. RBG must take the same step as their neighbouring boroughs and decide to retain the West Greenwich LTN, as it is an important part of the bigger picture of change across London.
Pollution On Blackheath Hill and Trafalgar Road
Despite unsubstantiated claims otherwise, there is evidence from the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) website that air pollution on A-roads, such as Blackheath Hill and Trafalgar Road, has in fact decreased at these sites since the West Greenwich LTN. Please see the graphs below showing pollution levels from 2017 to 31 December 2021 at Blackheath Hill and Trafalgar Rd (source: LondonAir.org.uk).
With the introduction of ULEZ in October 2021, the Mayor of London has advised: ‘92% of Vehicles are compliant one month in’ (November 2021).