Camera enforcement at London Fields low traffic neighbourhood to begin
Camera enforcement is set to begin on the Cat and Mutton bridge traffic filter next month as part of the Council’s radical plan to rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the pandemic.
The new filter - a type of road closure where planters or bollards on the road prevent motor vehicles from passing through - was introduced last week to help support a new low traffic neighbourhood in London Fields, creating quieter, cleaner streets, making it easier and safer for local residents to walk and cycle as public transport capacity remains low.
Camera enforcement will begin on 12 October following a one-month period to allow drivers to get used to the changes, joining temporary and permanent cameras already in place at traffic filters across the borough.
The mix of cameras and bollards at the filters is designed to maintain access for waste vehicles and the emergency services.
Across the borough, the Council has introduced three new low traffic neighbourhoods - in Hackney Downs, London Fields and Hoxton - and the first of 40 new School Streets, with additional traffic filters at a number of locations throughout Hackney.
All residents and businesses in each area can continue to access their properties by car which may be via different routes.
Our plans to rebuild a greener Hackney - through quieter, safer streets across the borough and 40 new School Streets - will support all local people to walk and cycle as capacity on public transport remains significantly below pre-lockdown levels.
70% of Hackney households do not own a car, but people in each area can still drive to their home or business, which may be via different routes.
We don’t want to make a penny from Hackney’s drivers, but initial monitoring of London Fields filters shows that camera enforcement is necessary at the Cat and Mutton bridge to discourage drivers from ignoring closure signs. Creating cleaner, greener streets for everyone isn’t an easy process, but with among the highest road casualty and air pollution rate in the country, it is an absolutely necessary one.
Update on Hoxton West low traffic neighbourhood
Following feedback from local residents and as a result of traffic monitoring in the area, the Council is making a minor change to the Hoxton West low traffic neighbourhood. This will move the traffic filter on Nile Street, close to the junction with Vestry Street, further westwards along Nile Street past the junction with Provost Street. This will help prevent non-local traffic from using Nile Street and Provost Street as a rat run. All residents and businesses will continue to be able to access their properties by car.
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