The Browning Road Bridge area scheme was put in place experimentally in August, 2019 following complaints from residents about high numbers of cars travelling through the area, specifically using residential roads as rat runs from Romford Road to High Street North in East Ham.
During this time the council has monitored air quality and traffic flow; as well as collected feedback from residents.
Traffic orders in the area have now been made permanent after the data showed a significant improvement in air quality.
Research from Public Health England revealed that Newham has the worst air quality in England with seven out of every 100 deaths linked to dirty air, totalling 96 deaths each year. In 2019 a British Heart Foundation study equated this exposure to residents, including babies and children, to smoking 159 cigarettes per year.
The council has monitored air quality and traffic flow, carefully excluding unrepresentative data during the Covid lockdown period when traffic flows were artificially low, as well as gathering feedback from residents. The data revealed:
Local residents who live near Browning Road Bridge are permitted through the closure in the southbound direction only with a valid permit.
If you already hold a resident parking permit or resident disabled parking permit you do not need to do anything, as your number plates will automatically be added to the ‘approved’ list.
If you are on the 'approved list' you will not receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for crossing the Browning Road Bridge.
If you park off-street and do not have a RPZ permit or you are riding a motorcycle, you will need to apply for your vehicle to be added to the ‘approved list’ and you will automatically be issued with a virtual permit.