Have your say on Hackney s roads

Hackney residents are being asked for their views on local highways and transport services in a national survey believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Views from residents in 32 local authority areas across the country will be compared to help spot trends and share best practice so that services can be improved for local people.

Hackney Council is the only local authority in London signed up to the standardised survey, which is the first to ask members of the public exactly the same questions wherever they live.

The survey is being sent to a random sample of 4,500 Hackney residents this month, with local and national results expected to be published in the summer.

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “This survey will help the Council find out more about our residents’ priorities for highways and transport services, and help us to improve walking, cycling, public transport, and traffic flows in our borough. I would urge anyone who receives a survey to complete it and do their bit to help make our neighbourhoods easier to move around.”

Peter Radford, Chair of the National Highways Design Benchmarking Club, said: “There are clear benefits to conducting a public survey in this way. As well as providing excellent value for money, it will also enable everyone involved to identify areas of best practice and spot national, regional and local trends.”

The launch of the survey is the result of months of hard work between the National Highways Benchmarking Club and a regional Highways Service Improvement Group.

It is designed to help local authorities to compare results, share in best practice and identify opportunities to work together in the future.