Traffic down by half and footfall up on Church St following LTN


Traffic is down by a half on Stoke Newington Church Street, and footfall is up by 2% following the introduction of its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) in September 2021. 

The low traffic neighbourhood consists of a 7am-7pm bus gate on Church Street, which only buses, cyclists, waste and emergency vehicles are permitted to pass through during operational times, and five 24-hour filters in the surrounding area. 

This was aimed at supporting people to walk, shop and cycle locally and tackling poor air quality in the area. 

As the LTN comes to the end of its trial period, the Council is urging people to have their say by 31 March, when it will analyse comments from residents alongside traffic, air quality and footfall monitoring data before making a decision on whether or not to make the low traffic neighbourhood permanent. 

Monitoring of other roads shows that there has also been traffic reduction in other roads in the area. Lordship Road is the biggest beneficiary of the low traffic neighbourhood: with 17,000 fewer vehicles now using the road each week - a 77% reduction. 


Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

These results show the transformation that Stoke Newington has undergone since the introduction of its LTN - with more people walking as a result of less traffic in the area. 

We’ll continue to monitor roads in the area and look at residents’ feedback to make sure we can tackle any issues as they arise. I’d urge people to have their say by 31 March.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

On Lordship Park, traffic has increased by 19%, which the Council will continue to monitor and report on. Taken together, traffic levels have decreased by 14% across the area of the low traffic neighbourhood, showing some traffic is avoiding the area altogether. 

In late spring, the Council will be engaging with residents on implementing pavement widening on Stoke Newington Church Street, to further encourage people to walk and shop locally. 

Residents can have their say online here or by writing to Freepost Streetscene. 

Read the full background report to this updated monitoring.