Cycling groups demand Croydon and Bromley councils work together over LTN scheme

A cycling group has criticised Bromley and Croydon councils for not working together to make a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) work.

The Crystal Palace LTN is currently open to public consultation and has been contentious, with groups for and against the scheme clashing on what would work.

The Open Our Roads campaign group wants to see the roads closed to cars completely reopened. The group held a protest in September and has since started the process of applying for a judicial hearing.

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The group and its legal action is publicly backed by Bromley Council leader Colin Smith.

The other two options in the month-long public consultation, which closes this Friday (December 4) are for the scheme to remain as it is and for ANPR cameras to be installed.

Committee member Jonathan Coulter said: “I think consultation is good, but I think what is bad is Open Our Roads is now proposing legal action against it and Bromley is encouraging them.

“Apart from having the consultation the parties need to be talking to each other.

“We want representatives to solve problems not fight battles that are unnecessary.”

One of the concerns that some residents in the area have with the scheme is that drivers using sat navs have been diverted through Bromley side streets.

Mr Coulter thinks the scheme should remain in place as it could make up part of a quiet route from East Croydon Station through Crystal Palace Park across to Dulwich.

His thoughts were echoed by Bromley Living Streets, which said it wants to see more conversations between the two councils.

And chair of Croydon Living Streets, Amy Foster, said that more people have been out cycling and walking in the first three months of the scheme.

She said: “In winter, with parks not open from late afternoon, it is really important that streets are safe and pleasant places to get daily exercise. We must never again let hundreds of Harris students be exposed to toxic air quality and speeding drivers on their way to and from school.”

The LTN aims to reduce people using their cars for short journeys and is one of 16 across Croydon. It was funded with cash from central government which also meant that consultation was not required before they are implemented.

The Crystal Palace LTN has seen Fox Hill, Stambourne Way and Sylvan Hill closed to through traffic, as well as a ‘bus gate’ on Auckland Road meaning buses can drive the length of the road but cars are issued a fine for going through the barrier.

The consultation can be found here.

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