Update on Cycle Superhighway 1

In 2015 Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council announced improvements to CS1 in Hackney. Following further consultations, additional improvements around De Beauvoir Road and Wordsworth Road were installed to reduce rat-running traffic.

Following a review of these schemes, and taking into account feedback from residents, a number of actions are being planned to reduce traffic and improve the CS1 route in Hackney.

The route has been divided into five sections, with the main actions listed below. All proposals will be subject to relevant consultation and approval processes.

Wordsworth Road area (Matthias Road to Stoke Newington Church Street)

Walford Road area proposals

The consultation on the Walford Road area consultation has now closed. We received 2,200 responses to the consultation, with residents expressing strong feelings both for and against the schemes. It will take us some time to manually input all the paper responses and carry out full quantitative and qualitative analysis of the results.

Throughout the process we have been speaking to residents and campaign groups, who continue to ask further questions about the proposals. Therefore, over the coming weeks, while we input and study the consultation responses, we are going to do further analysis on both the traffic and air quality impacts, including addressing issues raised by residents campaigning against the scheme. We will also continue our detailed monitoring of air pollution by William Patten School and the potential impacts there.

Rather than respond to individual enquiries, and to ensure complete transparency, any further questions raised by residents will be addressed together, published online and sent to everyone who completed the consultation.

We would like to make it clear that no decision has been made on whether to implement any of the proposals. This decision will be made in the coming months once the full analysis of the consultation responses and impacts on traffic and air quality has been completed and published.

Any further enquiries should be sent to

Wordsworth Road area closures

The closures in the Wordsworth Road area will be retained. These closures have proved controversial due to increased traffic on Brighton Road and Walford Road in particular, and the fact that residents’ ability to drive across the area is restricted. However, the Council feels that the closures have succeeded in reducing traffic on the cycle route and improving air quality and road safety near the schools. This decision is consistent with the Council’s Transport Strategy which aims to improve air quality, create better neighbourhoods, promote cycling and stop rat running.

The existing closures, implemented in temporary materials, will be upgraded with measures such as physical kerb build outs

Build outs will be implemented at the school crossing patrol location by St Matthias School.

A design workshop will be held with local residents to develop ideas to reduce the conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists around Butterfield Green.



Pitfield Street area (from Sun Street to Downham Road)

Wilson Street / Worship Street / Paul Street

This area is still difficult for cyclists due to parking and loading arrangements. These are being reviewed with Islington Council and will be rationalised where possible.

Pitfield Street / Boot Street / Chart Street

Further closures under investigation to reduce traffic crossing Pitfield Street.

Pitfield Street near New North Road

Zebra crossing to be raised to slow traffic.

Pitfield Street /Hyde Road / Hoxton Street

Investigating a scheme to reduce traffic and simplify the junction.

De Beauvoir area (from Downham Road to Balls Pond Road)

De Beauvoir Road / Englefield Road

Junction to be made permanent and safer by building a wider island, narrower junction mouth and raised entry to help enforce the one-way operation. Additional signage to be added and guard rail to be removed to improve crossing point.

Englefield Road / Culford Road

Parallel pedestrian / cycle crossing to be installed. As requested by residents, we will investigate relocating the closure in Culford Road.

A10 Kingsland Road / Stamford Road / Tottenham Road 

TfL is planning to install two closures at the junction of the A10 Kingsland Road with Stamford Road and Tottenham Road in spring 2018.


Balls Pond Road

This section is jointly maintained by Hackney and Islington and is also on the Strategic Road Network. Discussions are still ongoing but the aspiration remains for a protected cycle lane on Balls Pond Road between its junctions with Culford Road and Kingsbury Road.

Stoke Newington Church Street to Holmdale Terrace

Consultation has closed on proposals to remove parking and build a protected cycle lane on West Bank. Responses will be analysed before a decision is made.

Investigating options to improve safety around Dunsmure Parade.

Protected crossing to be built at Manor Road / Bouverie Road / Heathland Road, subject to resolving technical issues.