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Redbridge Council secures £500,000 to launch Quiet Streets scheme

Residents will be consulted on the plans (credit: Redbridge Council) 

Redbridge Council has been given half a million pounds from Transport for London to launch it’s Quiet Streets scheme. 

The plan is aimed at helping residents socially distance, cutting air pollution, and making roads quieter and safer. 

It will try to tackle common problems such as rat running, speeding, unnecessary through traffic and accident black spots. Rat running is when drivers use residential side streets and other unintended short cuts, such as car parks, to avoid heavy traffic. 

The plans are reportedly still in the early stages and local residents will be asked for their views to help shape them. 

“We all deserve to feel safe on our streets, whether it be crossing the road or taking our children to school,” said the Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal.

“We want to work closely with our neighbours to develop plans to stop rat running and speeding so we can all enjoy living in safer neighbourhoods.”

Cllr John Howard, Cabinet Member for Civic Pride added: “Everyone really noticed how much quieter the streets were during the lockdown and we want to try and keep the benefits of that.

“This funding will enable us to work with residents to develop plans that will make our streets quieter, safer and greener. We want the streets we used to have where kids could play on the street without fear of an accident. ”

People living in the borough can put forward ideas to make their areas greener, safer or better to walk and cycle by completing a questionnaire here.

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