Critics of council plans to cut cars in part of the city have found a novel way of spreading their message.
A slapstick video game, called Brighton and Hove City Council's Local Traffic Nightmare, allows players to control a cyclist who rides around the city transforming the streets

Protesters against the council’s plans for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in the Hanover and Tarner area say the game has been designed to parody the “absurd idea”.

Chris Beaumont, a critic of the scheme, said: “It’s a lot of fun and a very tongue-in-cheek look at the way these things have developed.

“It does get the message across and highlights the absurdity of what’s going on.

The Argus: A screenshot from the gameA screenshot from the game (Image: Stop the LTN)

“It’s a great idea and some people will find it funny.”

The game, which is available online, lets players control a cyclist as he rides around an animated version of Hanover and Tarner.

The idea for the game is based on a similar concept which poked fun at Southern Rail.

Southern Rail Tycoon allowed players to cancel trains and make money from passengers.

Protestors have said that the imposition of the LTN would cause more harm than good as it would make driving in Hanover and Tarner very difficult for residents.

Brighton and Hove City Council say that the plans would lead to less pollution and would prevent cars “rat running” through streets in the neighbourhood.

The council have said they are aware of the game and slammed it for its “inflammatory” and “disappointing” language.

A spokesman for the council said: “The Liveable Neighbourhood trial aims to reduce the ongoing creep of traffic into residential streets.

The Argus: Pictures of a Low Traffic NeighbourhoodPictures of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (Image: Ed Nix)

“This would make our streets safer and our air cleaner for residents, and discourage unnecessary car journeys.

“All properties will still be accessible by vehicle. We’re also working to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are considered.”