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The council collected £6.6m in fines from LTN in one year described as an ‘absolute disgrace’

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Dulwich residents told The Telegraph they were being fined without their knowledge in schools, while another was paying £100 a week in taxi fees for his disabled son to go to school due to traffic congestion, and other streets have seen businesses shut down due to low turnout. .

“The whole thing is a disgrace – we weren’t consulted even a little bit, we were forced upon, which is why we are so angry. We wonder what else we can do,” said Maggie Brown, 71, co-founder of East Dulwich Grove Residents Group.

“It was very much driven by the fondness of cycling. There is no evidence that we have any benefits at all – no benefits for any improvement in air pollution, in fact it is getting worse.

“It’s horrible to be in an area where I felt in control, so now I’m considering a move.”

Southwark Council says Dulwich has seen the biggest drop in vehicular traffic since 2021. However, its report last year found that on outer roads in Champaign Hill, Dulwich Village and East Dulwich, vehicular traffic has either leveled off or increased.

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

A survey of residents on seven major border roads in Dulwich affected by the LTN shutdown in January showed that traffic was “out of control,” increasing at an average of 20 percent over the course of the week, including an average of 35 percent over one stretch.

Old people are afraid to go to the shops.

“What was once a relatively quick ride is now a major detour on congested roads,” said Richard Aldwinkel, co-founder of the anti-LTN One Dulwich population group for the elderly and disabled. “There are a host of concerns, including for blue badge holders.

“A lot of elderly people are now afraid to go to the shops and there are examples of some of them being knocked. Of course the people who live on the so-called border roads also have health problems and pollution – some can no longer open their windows because of the congestion.”

Pension Linda Bird, who lives in the center of Dulwich’s fine-issue area, added: “If I wanted to go home from the south with the cameras on, I had to drive two and a half miles in heavy traffic instead of 200 yards to my house. I don’t understand how that This reduces pollution – it just takes it to another route.”

Cllr Catherine Rose, Cabinet Member of the Southwark Transportation Board, said: “The scheme has been modified in response to a broad consultation process that is balanced with the needs of the entire community.

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

“Enforcement is necessary to support the work being done to improve air quality, road safety and accessibility and reduce vehicle use, especially for short trips.”

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

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