What are some of the disadvantages of LTNs?
One argument against it is that LTNs plaster over the traffic problem; they don’t really fix it. That’s to say there’s potential for LTNs to push cars elsewhere, as car commuters may find different routes to get to their destination. This could create more traffic congestion, prolonging journeys and producing even more emissions.
LTNs could make life more difficult for emergency services. While some people argue LTNs make access easier, the fact is many of the roads don’t give enough room for larger vehicles. There is a case that navigation could also become difficult for emergency responders as well as everyday drivers. If you don’t know the area, you’ll need to rely on a SatNav - and we all know SatNavs can get confused. For LTNs that aren’t regularly updated, a route might appear clear when, in fact, it’s inaccessible.
Despite the disadvantages, LTNs are here to stay. The government wants further investment, making travel easier for those commuting by bike or on foot - negating the need for a car. If you live in the Capital, will you still need to own a car for those longer journeys? Not necessarily. With Zipcar you can rent a car for your journey. We even cover the cost of fuel, insurance and congestion zone charges for you. Why not go green, and share with friends? Book your Zipcar today.