Statement from Cllr Andrew Gant, Cabinet Member for Highways Management on east Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs)

Divinity Rd pic from Nicola Douglas ODS 2

“The trial of the east Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) is continuing as planned.

Over the last few months I have heard a range of views about the east Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods. We are committed to listening to all views on these experimental measures and the right way to make your voice heard is to take part in our public consultation which is open until 30 November 2022.

It is disappointing that a few individuals see fit to damage the LTN bollards and their fittings. We will continue to make safe and reinstate all damaged bollards that have been forcibly knocked down or uprooted. Vandalism of this kind is a serious criminal offence and correcting it takes a lot of time and effort from our highway officers.

To ensure the safety of other road users, it is necessary for damaged bollards to be removed and the area made safe until a new bollard can be fitted. For this reason, metal plates have been fitted temporarily at these locations as a safety measure whilst bollards are being repaired or replaced. They are installed to protect road users and prevent further vandalism. 

In the meantime, we are also exploring other solutions to ensure that the LTNs continue to work on the ground, including looking at options to install heavy duty bollards, and options for automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) cameras.

We are also working to improve the city’s transport network, including proposals to introduce six trial filters to improve bus journey times and plans to improve safety at The Plain roundabout.

While there are strong opinions, one thing that has stood out from people on both sides of the debate is the understanding that urgent action is needed to improve our transport system so that walking and cycling is safer, our air is cleaner, and traffic is reduced for essential journeys.

Vandalism of LTN bollards does not achieve anything and will not deter us from delivering our objectives. However, we will continue to engage with residents and businesses to ensure that everyone’s voices are heard during the planning process.”

Cllr Andrew Gant, Cabinet Member for Highways Management

Image, courtesy of Oxford Direct Services, shows protective plates fitted at site of vandalised bollards in east Oxford. 


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