Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood here to stay

Stoke Newington’s low traffic neighbourhood is here to stay after results from its trial period showed less traffic, more people walking and cycling, and support from local residents.

The low traffic neighbourhood was introduced in September 2021 as part of Council efforts to tackle air pollution, prioritise walking and cycling and rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the pandemic.

It consists of a 7am-7pm bus gate outside the Red Lion on Church Street, which permits only buses, cyclists, emergency and waste vehicles to pass through between those times, and a further six 24-hour traffic filters in the surrounding area, which only cyclists, emergency and waste vehicles can pass through. 

Now, following analysis of traffic and air quality data, and comments from residents and businesses, the Council has made the decision to retain the low traffic neighbourhood on a permanent basis. 

Analysis of responses from residents and walking and cycling data showed that: 

  • Walking is up on Stoke Newington Church Street by 16%
  • Cycling is up on Stoke Newington Church Street by 38%
  • 6 in 10 respondents in N16 wanted to retain the LTN

The analysis also looked at the levels of traffic over 24 hours across five roads in the area: Lordship Road, Green Lanes, Lordship Park, the A10 at its junction with Walford Road and Albion Road. Live traffic monitors on these roads showed that over 24 hours: 

  • Traffic was down on Lordship Road (-77.9%), Lordship Park (-8.3%), the A10 (-3.9%) and Albion Road (-48.1%)
  • Traffic was up by 7.5% on Green Lanes
  • Taken together with Stoke Newington Church Street, traffic was down by 21.4% across these roads.
Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

We’ve decided to retain Stoke Newington low traffic neighbourhood because it is helping to reduce traffic, promote walking and cycling, drive footfall to local businesses on Church Street, and is widely supported by local residents.

Hackney is an importer of traffic, with 40% of vehicle journeys neither starting or ending in the borough, and we know that road transport is a significant contributor to climate change. That’s why we have a vision for a low traffic Hackney, where transformed streets help to create a greener, healthier Hackney for all of our residents.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

Following the decision to retain the low traffic neighbourhood, the Council will continue to monitor traffic data on roads in the area, and work closely with Islington Council and Transport for London to manage traffic in the Green Lanes and Matthias Road/Crossway area, which have seen increases since the Stoke Newington LTN was introduced.

Some residents have expressed concerns about congestion at the Lordship Park/Green Lanes junction. The Council is working with Transport for London on amending the timings of the traffic signals so we can ease congestion.

Removing the Stoke Newington gyratory remains a priority for the Council, and it is continuing to work with Transport for London to ensure the scheme is taken forward in the coming years. 

To view the full decision report and traffic monitoring, visit https://hackney.gov.uk/stoke-newington-ltn.