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The next battle in the culture wars? Traffic bollards

Opponents of low-traffic neighbourhoods spy a liberal plot. The reality is far more prosaic

By Pearl Ahrens and Christian Wolmar  

Anti-LTN demonstrators in Ealing. Photo: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Since March, many councils across Britain have installed new barriers in residential streets, creating zones where through traffic is limited and “rat running” made impossible. Up to 20 councils in London and 54 outside the capital have implemented these “Low Traffic Neighbourhoods”—using bollards, planters and road signs to encourage walking and cycling during the pandemic and make streets safer for local residents.  

All of this would appear to be uncontentious—what is there not to like?  

Despite the obvious benefits of such schemes, which both improve the local environment and reduce the climate change impacts of…

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