What are Liveable Neighbourhoods?
Liveable Neighbourhoods (sometimes called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods or LTNs) form a key part of BANES Council's approach to managing traffic issues and air pollution across the city and BANES is committed to the development of Liveable Neighbourhoods, working with communities.
Where these have already been tried, they are said to show real improvements in safely and air quality, by diverting commuter traffic to main roads and reducing the traffic flow in residential neighbourhoods. However, it is fair to say that they are quite contentious in some areas, also facing criticism that they simply deflect traffic to adjacent areas, worsening air quality on major routes.
In the box below, you can read how BANES describes their Liveable Neighbourhood programme. This is taken from their website - follow this link to find out more.
The aim of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme is to improve residential streets and encourage safe, active and more sustainable forms of travel, such as walking, wheeling and cycling.
Typical improvements suggested by communities are:
Better crossings on busy roads and walk-to-school routes
Wider footways to help children and people with buggies and mobility aids get around
Better cycle lanes and secure on-street bike storage
Pleasant outdoor spaces where you can sit, relax and meet others
Traffic-calming measures which could include speed cushions, one-way streets and raised ‘buildouts’
Through-traffic restrictions where residential roads are used excessively by motorists as short cuts