Google Maps suggests Oxford LTNs could be in place until 2022
GOOGLE Maps suggests that the barriers of a low traffic system could remain in place until March 2022.
Low Traffic Neighborhoods (LTN) were introduced in Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Park in March by Oxfordshire County Council in the hope of reducing traffic congestion and pollution while making the streets more safe for cyclists.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the LTN test program in the Cowley area had been reset to account for the start of an electric scooter test that was also being implemented in the area.
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This meant the trial could end no earlier than November 2021 and the last trial could end in March 2022.
Information about road closures on the Google Maps satellite navigation device, however, seems to suggest that some of the LTN barriers are more likely to stay in place until next year.
The navigation system shows that due to the barrier on Temple Road, the street would be “closed until March 2022”.
Google Maps does exhibit some discrepancies, however, because when one clicks on the road barrier on Liddell Road and the barrier on Littlemore Road, it indicates that the road will only be closed until July 28 – in other words, before the end of the trial.
The site says Bartholomew Road, where another LTN kiosk is placed, will be closed until September 2021.
The board said the inconsistencies in dates on Google Maps were due to a “glitch” in the system and insisted that “no LTN blocks will be removed in July.”
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The problems with the navigation system come less than 24 hours after the BBC reported another ‘glitch’ with the system which showed dozens of roads in Oxford appear to be incorrectly closed on satellite navigation devices, including Google Maps and TomTom.
The problem meant that hardly any roads in East Oxford appeared to be open.
The council said the issue occurred after submitting new LTN data to Google’s “network management system” – this issue is now resolved.
An Oxfordshire County Council spokesperson said, regarding the incorrect dates for the removal of LTN barriers in Cowley: constitute the low traffic areas (LTN).
“However, a problem arose with the way the data presented itself on the screen.
“No LTN blocks will be removed in July.
“Only a small number of roads in the area have LTN roadblocks involved and the current view showing so many roads closed is a mistake.
“Our network coordination team is working to resolve this issue and any inaccuracies in the dates as soon as possible.”
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This week, the council revealed plans to install more LTNs across the city.
Consultation for 14 LTN barriers across East Oxford (including the Divinity Road area, St Mary’s and St Clement’s) began on June 8.
The consultation period will end on June 29.
If you would like to provide feedback on any of the LTNs, please visit consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk