Outrage as fire engine gets stuck in newly-narrowed London cycle streets

A fire engine has been filmed getting stuck in a residential road that was blocked off by the local council to make it "safer" for cyclists and walkers.

In the clip, the truck is flashing blue lights while wedged between a white van and a planter that has been installed on one side of the road to block traffic as part of the Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme.

An outraged woman is filming the scene, in Ferndale, south London, saying that the people responsible "don't care about how we live".

The woman behind the camera tells the firefighter that she is campaigning against the new road blocks.

Narrating the video, she adds: "So this the fire engine today on the corner of Tintern Street and you’re trying to tell us this is good for us, are you?"

Panning the camera around to show the extent of the jam, she adds: "Fire engine is now stuck.

"Thank you for to all of you that don’t care about how we live."

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Residents have been campaigning against the planters ever since they were installed during the coronavirus pandemic, Mail Online reports.

The fire engine had been responding to a call from someone who was locked out of their own home which was six doors down from where the vehicle was stuck.

A spokeswoman told the title: "There was no delay to our attendance and there was no damage to the fire engine or the parked cars."

Lambeth Council defended the scheme and told Mail Online it was designed to help residents who don't have access to a car.

The position of the planter was changed the day after the fire engine got stuck, it added.

Claire Holland, deputy leader of Lambeth Council said: "It is important to ensure those who do not have access to a car – around 60% of Lambeth residents – aren't forced to walk or cycle on dangerous roads or forced to use public transport whilst the risk of transmission remains high.

"These projects aim to redress this balance, making it safer for everyone to walk and cycle so that those without a car have genuine transport options whilst leaving our road clear for those that absolutely have to use them."

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