Banned turns removed after introduction of low traffic neighbourhoods
A series of banned turns into Richmond Road, Queensbridge Road and the A10 have been removed after the Council wrote to Transport for London to request the changes.
The Council has been listening to residents and businesses and reviewing their feedback throughout the roll out of its plans to rebuild a greener Hackney to see what additional changes to improve the local road network can be implemented.
Following the introduction of the London Fields low traffic neighbourhood, the banned turns are no longer required as traffic reduction measures. Not all of the banned turns were enforced by cameras, but where they were, drivers will no longer face fines for breaching the restrictions.
The northbound banned left turn from Mare Street into Richmond Road, the banned turns at the Queensbridge Road/Richmond Road junction and the westbound banned right turn from Whiston Road to the A10 have all been removed.
Transport for London has also confirmed that roadworks at Dalston Junction will recommence from 30 November, helping to ease traffic congestion caused by temporary traffic lights, after the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, wrote to London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman.
I’m really pleased that, following comments from local residents, we were able to work closely with Transport for London to remove these restrictions and get work started again on the traffic signals and upgrades at Dalston Junction.
As we have always made clear, we don’t want to make a penny from drivers by issuing penalties for the sake of it. We only use enforcement measures where there is a need to reduce traffic, manage junctions, or improve safety.
Now we have a low traffic neighbourhood in place - reducing traffic across the London Fields area - I’m happy that some banned turns can be removed, which will help improve traffic flows.
These changes were made because of direct feedback from road users, so the Council is urging all road users and residents to continue to engage on these new schemes. Residents can have their say on the London Fields low traffic neighbourhood at: https://rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is/