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.

Stoke Newington Church Street to Holmdale Terrace

A protected cycle lane will be built on West Bank following consultation earlier this year. The outcome of the consultation shows overall support for the scheme and construction is expected to begin in late Summer 2018.

Investigating options to improve safety around Dunsmure Parade.

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

Matthias Road to Stoke Newington Church Street

Last year, as part of Cycle Superhighway Route 1 (CS1), three roads were filtered to restrict through traffic around Wordsworth Road. These measures have succeeded in reducing motor traffic on the cycle route and improving road safety near schools.

Walford Road scheme

Residents had raised concerns about the volume of traffic and the difficulty to negotiate other roads in the area, as well as concerns about safety of children crossing these roads, traffic congestion and anti-social behaviour as a result of driver confrontations.

In December 2017 and January 2018 Hackney Council consulted on proposals to further reduce vehicle flows through the area bounded by the A10 Kingsland Road, the B104 Stoke Newington Church Street and Albion Road, and Mildmay Road / Crossway.

The Council asked for feedback on two options which would reduce east-west traffic flows through the area, whilst still allowing residents to access their homes by car. The proposals aimed to create a safer, more pleasant environment for local residents and everyone in the area, especially pedestrians and cyclists.

During the consultation some residents and parents became concerned that the proposals would increase traffic and air pollution on Stoke Newington Church Street and affect children attending William Patten School and other schools in the area.

As a consequence of the concerns shown by the Clean Air for William Patten group and the large response to the consultation, the Council postponed a decision on the proposals in order to do more work to understand the potential impacts.

Hackney Council has been working with William Patten as part of our schools air quality monitoring project for some time. Our monitoring suggests that the air pollution levels at William Patten School meet national air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide, and across large parts of the playground are similar to what you would expect in less polluted back streets. We are working with the school to put in place measures to reduce pupil exposure to air pollution, which includes paying for a green wall and screens for the school gates. We are also creating an air quality model for the whole area, using air quality and traffic data collected at the school and surrounding areas

The Council has been engaging with the Clean Air for William Patten group and met with representatives of the group and the head teacher again yesterday (4 July 2018) to discuss:

  • data obtained for William Patten School as part of our Schools Air Quality Monitoring Project

  • the initial air quality modelling results

  • the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Audit for the school

  • where any displaced traffic, if a scheme should go ahead, is predicted to go.

The Council is also re-analysing the potential traffic flows, which would be higher along Stoke Newington Church Street than the flows quoted during the consultation period. This will inform a second phase of air quality modelling which will:

  • assess the degree to which nitrogen dioxide concentrations would increase or decrease and identify areas that would experience significant increases or decreases

  • highlight areas where the changes would likely result in a new breach of the National Air Quality Objectives (NAQO) or where an existing breach of NAQO would be significantly exacerbated

  • identify whether the overall area exceeding the NAQO would shrink or increase.

Any potential impacts on traffic and air quality will be published when completed, alongside a full analysis of the consultation responses, including petitions.

At this stage it is anticipated that a recommendation may be presented to Council for a decision on the scheme proposals in autumn.


Wordsworth Road area 

The filters in the Wordsworth Road area will be retained. These  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. 

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.


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

Design for a parallel pedestrian & cycle crossing has been prepared and will be ready for public consultation during late summer 2018. The design will also consider relocating the closures of Culford Road and Ardleigh Road.


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.

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.