Luton Borough Council are to create strategic Red Routes in the town, which would mean vehicles are not permitted to stop, subject to public consultation. The Council has a duty (as the Highway Authority) under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to ensure expeditious movement of traffic and parking and stopping on some roads creates significant delays to traffic flows.
The pilot roads proposed are Kimpton Road, Airport Way to the airport, New Bedford Road, Gordon Street, Upper George Street, Inkerman Street, Dunstable Road, Wellington Street, Stuart Street and Dunstable Road, Bury Park, Leagrave Road, Marsh Road. However, if successful it is proposed to extend to more main roads.
The impact on health has been assessed as positive with the reduction in obstruction of footways encouraging walking and cycling. Congestion will also be reduced which will result in less vehicle pollution although the speed of traffic may increase.
It is thought that the reduction in congestion will result in quicker journeys which will benefit businesses in Luton.
The estimated cost of implementation has been put at £330,000 which includes £30,000 consultation on the three Red Routes, Traffic Regulation Orders £16,000, plus £98,000 to implement the schemes, and extra CCTV costing £180,000.
“We will be a carrying out extensive consultation in the early summer which will include drop in sessions and exhibitions and we will be keen to hear your views as this will help us inform the next steps”.
Feedback from the public consultation which will be done in May/June 2018, will be taken on board before a further report is considered at the council’s Executive.