Saturday 22nd September 2018
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15/05/2018 - Consultation on proposed Red Routes in Luton

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A public consultation has started (11 May) to seek views on proposals to trial Red Routes along strategic routes in the town.

Illegal and inconsiderate parking on Luton’s main routes is causing significant delays to traffic flow and the council is looking to introduce measures to improve this by proposing a network of Red Routes, initially trialling them on three routes:
  • The Town Centre (within the area bounded by New Bedford Road, Telford Way, Dunstable Road and Wellington Street)
  • Windmill Road, Kimpton Road and Airport Way
  • Marsh Road, Leagrave Road and Dunstable Road
If the trial is successful it will be rolled out further across Luton’s road network. 

A Red Route is a one where vehicles cannot stop or wait and is aimed at minimising illegal, inconsiderate parking and loading which causes congestion and delays to traffic, particularly at the busiest times.
Double red lines, which mean no stopping at any time, are considered in areas which give rise to concern for traffic flow. Red lines differ from yellow lines, which are used to try to restrict parking but where generally stopping to load or unload at certain times of the day is allowed. Red Routes are enforced by Civil Enforcement officers as well as camera enforcement.

Councillor Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for highways, said: “We have a duty to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep traffic flowing in the town and vehicles parking and stopping on some of our busiest roads prevents that. The suggested plans aim to minimise obstruction and improve safety and help support public transport and local businesses.
"Red Routes are in place in an increasing amount of towns and cities across the country and evidence has shown they are very successful at reducing congestion.We are urging people to give us their views as this will help us inform the next steps.”

The consultation runs until 8 June and feedback will be taken on board before a further report is considered at the council’s Executive.
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