By Alice Neil
Road closures are causing problems for residents trying to reach their doctors surgery.
The Lambeth resident, a blue badge holder, was fined £260 for driving in and out of Palace Road where the surgery is located.
The restrictions are part of the 114 new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) that have been introduced in London to reduce road pollution.
These car-free zones aim to encourage people to ditch their cars and walk or cycle short journeys.
The resident said: “An area I have lived in all my life now feels alien to me, with roads I can’t drive in and now I can’t even drive to the doctors. It’s very upsetting.
“Patients should have been told. There is a sign up, but I didn’t understand it, and thought I must be allowed into the doctors.
“I didn’t want to not keep the appointment, and really needed to be seen.
“Now I am worried about future appointments, I am disabled and can’t walk in.
“So, on top of the worry of getting Covid, we now have to worry about driving to the doctors.
“It’s like while we’ve been staying in, they’ve changed everything on the roads.”
A spokeswoman from Lambeth council said: “Our emergency Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are making it safer to walk, cycle, scoot and use mobility aids on our streets at a time when public transport is restricted.
“No roads are closed; homes, businesses and local amenities like GP and healthcare clinics are all accessible by car including the surgery in Palace Road, but we appreciate that residents may have to take a different route to reach those amenities.
“These measures were brought in as a response to the huge challenges posed to our transport network by the coronavirus pandemic and we have kept residents up-to-date throughout.
“Council staff have met with GP clinics, written to residents, posted information online, and have shared a mobile phone number for people to call if they need more information. We would encourage residents to contact the council if they need further help or support.”
A petition signed by 6,500 people since September has called for the immediate removal of Lambeth’s LTNs, which it states were “implemented without prior resident consultation or adequate notification”.
Pictured top: The Palace Road Surgery
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