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Are school traffic bans yet another money-spinner?

02 November, 2018

Children at Rotherfield Primary, one of the first six schools to ban rush-hour traffic

• WHILE the purported justification for variable street closures outside schools is a reduction in pollution, it seems more likely that the council’s true objective is financial, (Ban on rush-hour through traffic at primary schools, October 26).

Most of the roads suggested are already very quiet, with little traffic at any time, including school drop-off and pick-up times.

By placing enforcement cameras on these roads, accompanied by complex and variable rules for access, the council is setting up a system which is tailor-made to maximise revenue through fines. It will also simply drive any traffic onto other nearby streets.

Will the council release a cost-benefit analysis for these proposals which includes anticipated income from enforcement?

Already, visitors and residents in Islington are regularly caught out by variable match-day parking rules. It seems the council has found yet another lucrative money-spinner.

JACK NEILL-HALL
Prah Road, N4

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