Pedestrians and cyclists now double vehicles on Church St after traffic drops by half

The number of pedestrians and cyclists using Stoke Newington Church Street between 7am and 7pm is now more than double the number of vehicles, after traffic dropped by a half following the introduction of its new low traffic neighbourhood.

The analysis compares daily averages of motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists from four traffic counters in the area before and after the LTN was introduced on 20 September. It also analyses traffic on three further roads in the area - one inside the LTN and two on boundary roads.

On Church Street*, traffic levels between 7am and 7pm have decreased by 51.7% from 7279 to 3514 vehicles. Over a 24 hour period, traffic levels have decreased by 39.5% from 10664 to 6450 vehicles.

After the scheme was introduced, an average of 6542 pedestrians used Church Street between 7am and 7pm every day, alongside 1717 cyclists.

On Lordship Park, a boundary road, traffic increased by 26.5%, from 6033 vehicles to 7629 vehicles between 7am and 7pm. The Council is continuing to monitor traffic levels on Lordship Park, and is introducing a road safety scheme on the road this week, with tree planting and kerb build outs to help tackle speeding.

On Green Lanes, another boundary road, there was no significant change in traffic levels, with 7am-7pm traffic decreasing by 2.1%.

On Lordship Road, inside the low traffic neighbourhood, traffic reduced from 3462 vehicles between 7am and 7pm to 1342 vehicles, a decrease of 61.2%.

The data released by the Council is an initial snapshot of traffic levels on roads in the area, using four live traffic counters installed by the University of Westminster. The Council will release further data from these traffic counters regularly during the scheme’s trial period. Once the scheme has settled down, the Council will also complete week-long traffic monitoring at 45 sites in the area, which it will publish for residents to review. 

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
We’re committed to monitoring the effect of our low traffic neighbourhoods, with this initial data showing the hugely positive effect on Stoke Newington, with drastically fewer cars in Church Street and Lordship Road inside the low traffic neighbourhood, supporting people to walk, shop and cycle locally. 

On Green Lanes, outside the LTN, initial monitoring shows no significant change in traffic levels at the count location, but we know that there was an increase in traffic on Lordship Park during the scheme’s first week and there is more work to be done to look at the change in traffic patterns in the area. We will continue to monitor traffic levels and report back to residents.
Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

Camera enforcement has begun at filters in the Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood, which will see traffic levels reduce further.

Residents can find out more and have their say on the Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood at: hackney.gov.uk/stoke-newington-ltn 

Read the full background report on this data: https://news.hackney.gov.uk/download/1090095/stokenewingtonchurchstreetschemeinitialtrafficdatasept2021-2.pdf

*The monitor on Church Street is located near to Stoke Newington Fire Station.