People have come together to act as ‘human bollards’ after several of the physical barriers in Oxford’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) were destroyed by opponents.

A video posted by pro-LTN pressure group Oxfordshire Liveable Streets shows a group of people standing in the road to prevent cars passing through an LTN traffic filter, where a bollard had been removed.

In the video, two police officers could be spotted talking to residents.

The street, although it is not confirmed, appears to be Divinity Road.

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Oxford Mail: The human bollards are working to block cars passing through the LTNsThe human bollards are working to block cars passing through the LTNs (Image: Twitter)

In the video, two police officers can be briefly spotted speaking with residents.

The road, although it is not confirmed, appears to be Divinity Road.

The group tweeted: “WATCH: ordinary residents in #Oxford are now acting as 'human bollards' to protect cyclists, pedestrians and children from drivers who flout the rules, and vandals who have destroyed the physical bollards. Extraordinary, really.”

The community action to prevent vehicles passing through the filters comes following months of irect action against the traffic measures.  

Anti-LTN activists have ripped out, bent and even set the bollards on fire, as well as graffitied and damaged the planters.

This antisocial behaviour has cost Oxfordshire County Council thousands of pounds to repair and replace them.

Yesterday (October 19), police were called to Divinity Road at around 5pm.

Thames Valley Police told this newspaper a driver attempted to get through the LTNs and a number of people stood in the road to prevent this.

Officers attended the scene and educated the driver.


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