Newham Council is committed to creating people-friendly streets and making it easier, safer and more convenient to get around on foot, by bike and public transport. This is why we are working together with the London Borough of Waltham Forest to create an experimental Low Traffic Neighbhourhood (LTN) in the Forest Gate, Maryland and South Leytonstone areas.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling, reduce pressure on our road and public transport networks, and to support social distancing.
With over 50% of Newham households not owning a vehicle, we need to ensure that residents have a safe and attractive alternative to get to where they need to for work, schools and local amenities, and to meet up with friends and family.
Newham and Waltham Forest LTN
The experimental LTN will mean that motorised vehicles will no longer be able to use the area as a cut through to avoid main roads, which is known as ‘rat running’. However, local residents, businesses, visitors and services, such as waste collection and emergency services will still be able to access every address within the LTN boundary.
The LTN will reduce the level of harmful emissions from motorised vehicles driving through the area, encourage a further shift to more sustainable modes of transport, and as a result help people stay physically active and healthy.
Normally we would engage with local people before starting a scheme, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic we need to act quickly to keep our roads safe and will therefore start construction in mid-August 2020.
We appreciate that you may have questions about the scheme so we have created an FAQs section where you will find answers to the most asked questions.
Share your views
We still need feedback from the local community to ensure we get it right and make any changes if needed, and to consider whether the experimental LTN could be made permanent in the future. Therefore, we will be running an online map-based survey for at least six months to help us get your views on the scheme.
To share your views visit newhamwalthamforestltn.commonplace.is