A cleaner, greener and safer Stoke Newington - week two update
Stoke Newington’s new low traffic neighbourhood is now in its second week, helping to reduce traffic, support people to walk, shop and cycle locally and rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the pandemic.
A new 7am-7pm bus gate on Church Street is helping to reduce through-traffic on the street. Only cyclists, buses and Blue Badge holders who have registered for an exemption can pass through during this time.
This is supported by five further traffic filters, which stop new short-cuts opening on surrounding residential streets. These operate at all times in line with the Council’s aim to reduce traffic on residential streets.
All homes and businesses remain accessible by car and van.
You can have your say on the scheme at hackney.gov.uk/stoke-newington-ltn.
Here’s an update on implementation so far.
There are already signs of significant reductions in traffic along Church Street, and in the wider low traffic neighbourhood. Drivers will continue to take time to get used to the changes.
Council officers remain on site to assess traffic levels, ahead of traffic counts at 45 sites in the coming months - including on boundary roads such as Manor Road and Lordship Park. The Council is also analysing data from four Westminster University continuous traffic counters along Church St.
Transport for London is monitoring traffic signals in the area and will make changes if necessary.
Some parking spaces have now been reinstated in Lordship Rd, Defoe Rd, Oldfield Rd, Kynaston Rd and Kersley Rd.
These were a temporary measure to ensure there was enough room for vehicles using exit routes from the Church St bus gate and are no longer needed following as assessment of traffic levels on these routes.
Lordship Park tree planting
During the week beginning 12 October, the Council is planting three mature trees in kerb build-outs on Lordship Park. This is aimed at improving road safety - helping to reduce drivers’ speeds by making the road appear narrower - with the trees also helping to improve air quality and increase greenery in the road. This follows feedback from residents in the area.
The Council then aims to plant 12 additional trees in the road as part of future planting programmes - however this is subject to the suitability of the concrete base of the road, which the Council will assess as part of next month’s work.
Emergency roadworks are currently taking place near the Stoke Newington High Street/Church Street junction. These are not related to the Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood but could impact on traffic levels in the area. They are scheduled to be completed by 6 October. Queues at the petrol station in Stamford Hill are also causing traffic congestion on the A10.