Low traffic neighbourhoods

Newham Council is committed to creating people-friendly streets and making it easier and safer for all our residents to consider sustainable modes of transport. Whether travelling by foot, cycling, scooting, using a wheelchair or other mobility aids, this will all contribute towards creating a cleaner and healthier borough.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling, to reduce pressure on our road and public transport networks, and to support with social distancing. This is why we have accelerated our delivery programme and are introducing experimental Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), as well as other measures, in the borough.

With limited capacity on public transport and with over 50% of Newham households not owning a car, 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, subject to government advice and the restrictions in place for social distancing.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?

A Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) aims to improve street environments and local neighbourhoods for walking and cycling by reducing traffic volumes. An LTN uses access restrictions, known as ‘modal filters’, to prevent motorised vehicles from using local streets as a cut-through to avoid main roads. Often, motorised vehicles will use local streets to shorten their journey times, but at the same time increasing local traffic, road danger and pollution levels, and therefore making it harder for residents to choose walking or cycling for local journeys.

Find out more and share your views

To find out more about our Low Traffic Neighbourhoods programme, current LTN schemes and to share your views visit:

Find out about the changes since the scheme was implemented for Newham and Waltham Forest Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (PDF)