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‘We want a low traffic policy here’

Barnsbury residents' plea for controversial road closure programme

18 June, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Residents compile a traffic count in Offord Road

RESIDENTS in Barnsbury are calling for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) – Islington’s road closure programme – to be installed after complaining about a heavy flow of vehicles.

While LTNs have divided opinion across the borough in recent months, neighbours living along Offord Road have undertaken their survey and say too many vehicles are passing through.

Resident Kevin Smith said: “Traffic on Offord Road, a residential street, is comparable with that on a major thoroughfare like the Caledonian Road.

“Excess car journeys cause pollution and safety issues wherever they take place.

“We want the council to take steps to address the traffic crisis on Offord Road as part of a larger plan across the borough to persuade people away from short and unnecessary car journeys, and towards safer, cleaner streets.”

The council says it is working on the possib­ility of introducing a low traffic neighbour­hood in Barnsbury but the plans are not finalised, and there is currently no timetable for its implementation.

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