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Council collecting £ 6.6 million from LTN fines in one year branded ‘absolute disgrace’

Dulwich residents told The Telegraph that they are being unknowingly fined on school runs, while another was paying £ 100 a week extra in taxi fees for his disabled son to attend school due to gridlocked traffic, and other streets have seen businesses shuttered because of plummeting footfall. .

The whole thing is an absolute disgrace – we were not consulted one bit, it was imposed on us, that’s why we feel very angry. We’re wondering what else we can do, “said Maggie Brown, 71, co-founder of East Dulwich Grove Residents Group.

“It’s been very much driven by the cycling lobby. There’s no proof we’ve had any benefits whatsoever – and no benefits of any improvement in air pollution, in fact it’s got worse.

“It’s horrible being in an area where you felt bossed around so I am now considering moving.”

Southwark Council says Dulwich has seen the greatest reduction in vehicle traffic since 2021. However, last year its own report found that on external roads in Champion Hill, Dulwich Village and East Dulwich all motor traffic had either leveled or increased.

The council’s air quality modeling report estimated that the Dulwich LTNs “have a marginal positive health impact”.

And a survey by residents on seven key Dulwich boundary roads impacted by the LTN closures in January found traffic “spiralled out of control”, increasing by an average 20 per cent throughout the week, including an average 35 per cent on one stretch.

‘Elderly frightened to go to the shops’

Richard Aldwinkle, co-founder of One Dulwich anti-LTN residents group for the elderly and disabled, said: “What used to be a relatively quick journey is now a huge detour on congested roads. There are a range of concerns, including for blue badge holders.

“Lots of elderly people are now frightened to go to the shops and there have been examples of some being knocked over. And of course people living on the so-called boundary roads also suffer from health and pollution issues – some can no longer open their windows because of the congestion. “

Pensioner Linda Bird, who lives in the center of Dulwich Village’s fine-issuing area, added: “If I want to come home from the south whilst the cameras are operating, I have to drive two and a half miles in heavy traffic instead of 200 yards to my house. I don’t see how this is cutting down pollution – it just shifts it to another road. “

Cllr Catherine Rose, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “The scheme was amended in response to a large consultation process and is balanced to the needs of the whole community.

“Local compliance has improved over the past two years. We have taken measures such as amending the times of restrictions, in line with school streets, and improved all signage for drivers as part of making the scheme permanent.

“Enforcement is necessary to support the work that’s being done to improve air quality, road safety and accessibility and to reduce car use, especially for short journeys.”

The council said the fine income was reinvested in the highways department for road and air quality measures. Dulwich, an area with several top private schools including Alleyn’s and Dulwich College, has no Underground stations, so many residents rely on their cars.

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