A number of campaign groups are currently raising funds for a legal challenge against the road closures that have been imposed in a number of London boroughs using Temporary Traffic Orders or Experimental Traffic orders. These road closures have caused massively increased journey times, additional traffic congestion, more air pollution and delays to emergency service vehicles. They have been justified based on the Covid-
Those people who rely on the use of vehicles such as the elderly and disabled, social workers, tradesmen and delivery drivers have been very seriously inconvenienced for no good reason.
We believe there are a number of possible grounds for a legal challenge to these “temporary” measures or against them being make permanent. That is quite likely as it was clearly the intention to do so in boroughs such as Lewisham on such roads as that shown above (Upwood Road).
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The possible grounds for a legal challenge may include the following:
Roads can be closed by the use of Traffic Orders but there needs to be reasonable justification for such closures and time given for objections. There are also several Acts of Parliament that might be relevant. For example:
– The Road Traffic Act 1984 which contains this sentence (in Section 122): “It shall be the duty of the Greater London Council and of every other local authority upon whom functions are conferred by or under this Act, so to exercise the functions conferred on them by this Act …. to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic….”. Road closures aimed simply at reducing traffic appear to be ignoring that duty.
– The Traffic Management Act 2004 which puts a duty on local traffic authorities to manage their road network to make sure that traffic can move freely. Again this duty is being ignored.
– The Equalities Act 2010 which restricts discrimination against people with disabilities or based on age when road closure proposals negatively impact those sections of the community.
There is also the issue of the lack of public consultations on many of the road closures to date, or they have been done in an incomplete and biased manner.
Alternatively some of the road closures have been simply irrational, or have been progressed without the correct procedures being followed by councils.