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Traffic data (baseline): Low Traffic Areas

Overview

Traffic count data can be viewed for each Low Traffic Area scheme below and was taken to record the volume and speed of traffic at the locations of the schemes before they were installed. This is also known as baseline data. Mid-scheme data can be found on the following page.

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Frequently asked questions

1. Who is collecting the traffic monitoring data?

The Council’s Highways Team commissions independent specialist consultants to install and remove the monitoring equipment and to collate the data. 

2. How is the data collation being funded? 

Funding for traffic counts was provided by the Transport for London (TfL) London Streetspace programme (LSP). For the Low Traffic Areas, costs for scheme monitoring were included in the original bid document, so are funded from the LSP allocations provided by TfL for each scheme. 

3. How were the monitoring dates chosen? Why are the baseline/midscheme counts different for each scheme (taken at different times, or taken more than once)?  

The Council doesn’t routinely monitor traffic data, so we collate Highways records of recent data where this is available, for areas within the schemes. Where none was available, more new baseline counts were taken. 

4. How are we benchmarking the data? 

Based on strategic analysis undertaken by TfL, in general, through-traffic volumes are rated high if at least 200 vehicles per hour are recorded as passing through on one road.

The TfL analysis bases the worst-case scenario on hourly flows, as traditionally these are expected to the peak hours during the working day. Please note our data shows a daily, not hourly, average.

5. Why is there no road traffic accident data?  

Data is available from TfL but is significantly out of date. Therefore we have not included it.

6. Why are there multiple traffic counts on the same road?

Multiple traffic counts help us to understand how traffic fluctuates on different sections of a road, by counting traffic at the junctions of other roads.

7. Why are there different locations for counts in the mid-scheme data?

We are continually monitoring the schemes, where there has been traffic displacement, or residents have reported an increase in the speed or volume of traffic, additional counts were ordered.

8. Do the time of year/schools being open or closed/COVID restrictions/public transport availability/roadworks impact the results?

In ‘normal’ conditions data surveys would be arranged to avoid school holidays, or where we were aware of other planned works. However, we know that has not been the case during the pandemic, with traffic flows dropping dramatically in Spring 2020, and then quickly picking back up after the national lockdown was lifted and more people returned to school or work. COVID restrictions have an impact in many ways, with many people not wanting, or able to use public transport who are instead relying on other means of getting around the borough.

We were due to collect another round of data in January 2021, however, this was postponed due to the current lockdown and school closures.

9. Have cyclists been informed about the cycle counts? Since the counters went down, I’ve seen more cyclists around.  

We have been asked by residents to let them know when traffic monitoring would be taking place, and we have resisted giving this information. It may be that residents have seen the companies installing their equipment, or have noticed that they have been installed.

10. Can we trust the data? Is it biased?

The data has been collected by independent companies who specialise in this professional work. It cannot be biased, as it is factual evidence. Depending on the equipment used, there is a small risk that data can be affected, for example, if a vehicle was to park on a transponder loop (the automated traffic counting system).