Controversial low-traffic neighbourhoods have caused ‘exasperatingly’ slow bus journeys in Oxford and ‘chronic’ gridlock on some roads, a report has claimed.
It says three zones in the east of the city – which have seen routes blocked off in order to encourage more cycling and walking – have been ‘a failure in almost all respects’.
Prepared by three local bus companies, the report warns that plans for the UK’s ‘most ambitious zero emission’ bus fleet have been plunged into doubt as a result.
Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are unpopular with many motorists who have found themselves barred from driving on familiar routes and forced on to traffic-clogged main roads.
Rishi Sunak has pledged to crack down on ‘anti-motorist’ policies enforced by local authorities and earlier this month ordered a review into the impact of the zones.