As a few of you have pointed out in the comments and by email the Guardian had the following piece by Boris Johnson's former No.10 transport adviser Andrew Gilligan in today's paper...
> Ignore false claims and bad journalism – most LTNs do reduce traffic
Well worth a read, but a few lines worth highlighting from the off:
"I'm starting to wonder if anyone is ever going to make an honest argument against cycling and walking infrastructure again."
Addressing an article in the Times recently that claimed "councils that implemented LTNs during the pandemic have seen bigger increases in car use than boroughs that did not"... Gilligan responded...again, some highlights...
"The article cites no evidence, again perhaps because the evidence says something quite different."
"The article gets one thing right: overall average bus speeds across London have indeed fallen. But here’s what it leaves out. That decline is largely due to huge drops in outer boroughs with no meaningful bike infrastructure at all. Bromley and Havering, for instance, have seen bus speeds fall by up to 6.3% since 2013."
"It is very telling that opponents so often have to mislead to make their case. But that doesn't mean it's not effective. And if left unchallenged, it can enter the political bloodstream.
"So what active travel now needs is a network of people to scrutinise, swiftly unpick and publicly rebut false claims and bad journalism – and to complain to the offenders, who tend to be the same few people. That has been rather effective in reducing propaganda campaigns on other subjects, and making news outlets think twice before publishing slanted stories. How about it, folks?"
More on LTNs in a second...