Tuesday 22nd January 2019
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11/01/2019 - Red routes introduced in Luton town centre

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Following a decision by councillors in the summer, a red route will be introduced in the town centre this month, on 14 January.

A public consultation took place in May asking for views from residents and businesses on proposals to trial red routes along strategic routes in the town. After reviewing comments and following an executive decision the council will implement red routes in the Town Centre in January as a trial known as an experimental Order. The roads affected include New Bedford Road from Telford Way to Gordon Street, Gordon Street, Wellington Street, Upper George Street, Alma Link, Inkerman Street (Alma Link to Dunstable Road) and Dunstable Road from Cardiff Road to Telford Way.

After six months councillors will then consider any objections and decide whether or not to continue with the scheme.  This follows the implementation a red route on Airport Way since November which has resulted in 20 Penalty Charge Notices being issued to date. 

Proposals for Red Routes on Kimpton, Marsh and Dunstable Roads have been put on hold while comments and feedback given as part of the consultation are considered.

Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for highways said: “Our aim is to improve traffic flow though the town, minimising obstruction, improving safety as well as air quality as well as help support public transport and local businesses. Having the red routes as a test traffic regulation means we can make minor changes so the restrictions best suit the local area.

“We have issued a number of fines in Airport Way demonstrating that we take the issue of illegal and inconsiderate parking seriously”.

The proposals included a combination of double-red and single-red lines to mirror the existing yellow-line controls and create ‘no-stopping’ restricted routes.  Existing parking and loading bays along the route will be maintained and additional facilities provided, where possible.

You can find out more information, or give feedback or suggestions for local alterations to the scheme on our Red Routes page​.

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