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The Mayor of London has made a humiliating two-word admission about one among his first main tasks.

Sadiq Khan has stated for the primary time that one of many capital’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) is “not great” with gridlock repeatedly ruining bus companies.

He stated that his workforce has been in contact with Lambeth Council to try to resolve points attributable to the Streatham Wells LTN, which makes buses journey as sluggish as 1.5mph.

The Labour mayor stated whereas showing on LBC that the Low Traffic Neighbourhood was “causing huge problems” and having “unintended consequences”.

Transport for London information exhibits that final week the A23 (on the west facet of the LTN) was so gridlocked that it took a bus two hours to journey three miles.

While on LBC, Khan informed a south London listener affected by the visitors: “You’ll get some news very soon about the changes the council is going to make to that LTN because the evidence is that in the first few months, it’s not been great. It’s not working and we’ve asked the council to look at it urgently.”

These feedback mark a change within the politician’s public stance on the controversial schemes with him beforehand ignoring criticism.

LTNs, which turned widespread with native authorities over the pandemic, have been criticised for pushing visitors onto boundary roads, creating congestion and rising air pollution as a consequence of drivers having to journey additional.

Lambeth’s councillors have insisted that the visitors chaos is being attributable to roadworks and rail strikes within the space.

But locals don’t agree. Harriet De Wolff, 57, owns the Indigo Tree present store on Streatham High Road. She informed the Mail: “It is an absolute nightmare. It’s definitely not good for pollution. It’s made it worse.

“I can taste the fumes in my mouth as I walk down Streatham High Road. That didn’t use to be the case, but now, all the cars and buses stopped in traffic – it’s causing more and more pollution. People who live on this street will never be able to open their windows again.”

Bus driver John Monroe, 48, stated: “What was once an hour journey now takes over two hours. It’s definitely quicker to walk or cycle than take the bus, but not everyone can do that.

“It kind of defeats the purpose of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood, because it’s not stopping the congestion – it’s creating more. There’s more pollution.

“Passengers hate it too. We’re not allowed to open the doors apart from at bus stops, but I have people asking all the time if they can get off – because we’re stuck in traffic, and they know they’ll get there quicker by walking.”

The Mayor of London’s workplace and Lambeth Borough Council have been contacted for remark.