Low traffic Hackney at heart of vision for greener, healthier borough

Thousands of people in Hackney will enjoy less traffic and pollution, healthier travel and new liveable neighbourhoods as a result of Council plans to make the majority of Hackney low traffic.

Hundreds of new bike hangars; better walking routes; new shared bikes and cars; tens of greened local streets; new School Streets at all Hackney primary schools and expanding the programme to secondaries; and feasibility studies on reducing traffic through road user charging all form part of the plans set to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet next week.

The Council will also speak to local residents and businesses in Chatsworth Road, Dalston, Hoxton, Cazenove and Stamford Hill about introducing new low traffic neighbourhoods there in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

All the proposals are set out in Hackney’s local implementation plan, outlining the transport projects the Council plans to introduce in the coming years and how these are funded. The Council’s latest funding agreement with Transport for London covers until March 2025. The plan encompasses the lifetime of that funding, though there are some proposals that are not yet funded.

As part of the plans, the Council will develop designs to improve Cricketfield Road, Pembury Circus, Lordship Park, Graham Road, Manor Road, Dalston Lane, Pembury Circus, though implementation of some of these schemes is subject to the availability of funding from Transport for London and other sources.

All the work is aimed at making it easier to get around on foot, by bike or by public transport, cleaning up the borough’s air and building a greener, healthier borough. 

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

We are one of the greenest boroughs in the country - with more of us walking, cycling and taking public transport than almost any other area.

These plans set out the next stage of our ambitions to reduce traffic and pollution; get everyone travelling healthily; and create liveable neighbourhoods that support this switch.

Nearly all of Hackney will be low traffic; we’ll be developing options to support distance-based road user charging; there’ll be more bike and car sharing; we will create 4,000 new secure cycle parking spaces; every Hackney primary school will have a School Street and we’ll be doing everything we can to build a greener, healthier Hackney.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

The Council’s Cabinet is set to consider the plans on Monday 23 January. Read the Cabinet report at: https://hackney.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=111&MId=5470