Cowley Low Traffic Neighbourhoods 2020


Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to trial Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) across Oxford city. We are proposing to pilot 3 LTNs within the Cowley area. This means the introduction of traffic filters at specific points across Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Park.

A low traffic neighbourhood is an area where through traffic is prevented so that residents can enjoy a quieter neighbourhood and feel safer when they walk, cycle or go by wheelchair. For that reason, it is also known as a liveable neighbourhood.

The LTN will prevent people from outside the area driving through the neighbourhood by the use of “traffic filters” which can be either planters or bollards. Where there is a bus route, camera enforcement filters will permit buses through, but prevent all other motorised vehicles. All streets will continue to be accessible to residents, visitors and deliveries by car or van, but drivers may need to choose a different route.

Why is the Council doing this in the Cowley area?

Temple Cowley, Church Cowley and Florence Park have been chosen as a priority for two main reasons. Firstly, the neighbourhoods suffer because many drivers from outside the area take shortcuts along the residential streets. Many residents have complained to the Council about the problems of short-cutting traffic including noise, danger and nuisance. Secondly, there are cycle routes running through the neighbourhoods which serve both the local areas and areas further out. Traffic makes cycling along these routes unattractive. The Council aims to make these cycle routes more pleasant in support of wider policies to support active travel, reduce air pollution and tackle climate change. 

What happens next

We are introducing the LTN via a legal process called an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). ETROs are used when it is very difficult to assess the impacts of the scheme in terms of traffic or public support, but the cost of implementation and removal is relatively low cost.

In an ETRO, the Council introduces the scheme first and there is then a six-month period after the scheme is introduced when the public can submit objections or letters of support. At the end of the six-month period, the Council assesses the objections and decides whether to confirm, cancel or extend the ETRO for up to 12 months longer to allow further consultation and monitoring.

Informal Consultation

We are very interested in residents’, visitors’ and local businesses’ opinion before we implement the schemes. We are therefore seeking feedback to understand people’s expectations and concerns before implementation.

Before filling in the questionnaire, you will find it useful to look at the following documents:

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· Temple Cowley, Florence Park and Church Cowley plans showing location of traffic filters.

· Cowley LTN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

· What is an LTN? Active & Healthy Travel: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

This consultation has now closed and feedback is available.


  • Opened
    23 Nov 2020 at 00:00
  • Closed
    18 Dec 2020 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    01 Mar 2021

Summary of Results

  • Cowley LTN pre-delivery consultation results
    This report summarises the questionnaire responses submitted to the Cowley Area Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) consultation in response to the proposal to introduce trial LTNs in 3 areas of Cowley – Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Park. In total, 1454 questionnaires were filled in on the website. The findings of this consultation informed the decision by the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transport on the 3 Cowley area LTN proposals on 21/01/2021. The Cabinet Member decided to go ahead with the Cowley LTN trial in all 3 Cowley areas. The Council is grateful to all the respondents who took the time to fill in the questionnaire with a high degree of attention and completion. This provides an analysis of the responses to the individual questions in the questionnaire.

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents


Contact Name Patrick Lingwood
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07741 607835

Consultation Topic
  • Roads & transport
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City