A cleaner, greener and safer Stoke Newington: week three update
Stoke Newington’s new low traffic neighbourhood is now in its third 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.
Blue Badge exemptions
All Blue Badge holders in Hackney can now nominate one vehicle for an exemption from the bus gate on Stoke Newington Church Street. This is an extension to the Council’s previous policy, which exempted companion badge holders from the exemption.
Effect on buses and emergency services
We have spoken to London Buses and the London Ambulance Service following the implementation of the Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood. Neither had any reports of problems.
Last week, we reinstated some parking bays on exit routes from the LTN that we had previously suspended to ensure there was adequate space on these roads.
A number of bays on Kynaston Road, Painsthorpe Road and Oldfield Road were also replaced with double yellow lines following the LTN’s introduction. We are reviewing these yellow lines to see if these are still needed, and expect to be able to reintroduce some of these parking bays in due course.
We expect to be able to share a snapshot of traffic monitoring of the effect on traffic following the scheme’s introduction from four live traffic counters next week. We will then share monitoring from these counters on a regular basis ahead of week-long monitoring at 45 sites in the area, which will take place later in the year.