Have your say on dramatic plans to rejuvenate Hackney Central


The Narrow Way is set to undergo major improvements in Hackney Council’s dramatic reimagining of one of the borough’s oldest and most vibrant shopping districts.

The multi-million pound rejuvenation of the area, which is among the most architecturally and historically important in Hackney, could see the former road and footpath in the Narrow Way replaced with a striking pedestrian-friendly surface, designed not only to look good but to help businesses and encourage more considerate cycling.

A new raised junction will realign the once-connected Narrow Way and Clarence Road, according to designs, carrying the facelift across Dalston Lane, and placing pedestrians, as well as cyclists, at the core of the project.

New improved crossings are proposed for the junction of Mare Street and Amhurst Road in order to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists by slowing motor traffic, and to draw more footfall from Hackney Central Station to the Narrow Way and the Fashion Hub.

The new-look is also set to extend to the junction of Graham Road, helping breathe new life further across Hackney Central’s retail heartland. 

A new public square at the Grade 1 listed St Augustine’s Tower, the oldest building in Hackney, is proposed. It will be designed to support events and other activities, and integrates with the churchyard, maintaining the historic features, such the flagstones, memorials and tombstones.

The Council is now asking residents to have their say on the plans as the exciting project moves to public consultation phase.

Proposals also include: infrastructure which looks to the future for businesses, such as space for outdoor tables and seating; more cycle parking and better seating; improved CCTV; and more trees.


Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Hackney Council
The Narrow Way is one of the most important retail districts in Hackney and has been crying out for revitalising for years.

These exciting plans aim to create a new attractive, accessible, functional and safe urban space that will bring long-lasting benefits for both local residents and businesses alike.

As well as drawing more footfall from Hackney Central station to the area, we believe the new layout will support events and improve life for pedestrians and cyclists. 
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, Hackney Council

The Narrow Way was closed to most vehicles in 2014 following a six-month trial.

To view more detailed proposals and to have your say, please go to: consultation.hackney.gov.uk