Hackney: Where will the new LTNs be? Plan to make three-quarters of the borough low traffic neighbourhoods

Hackney Council’s Mete Coban is leading a plan for major changes for traffic in east London - including exploring charging motorists to use the roads.

Low-traffic neighbrourhoods will be extended to cover three-quarters of Hackney’s roads under new council plans.

The authority intends to make further changes including improved walking routes, hundreds more bike hangers, encouraging shared bike and car schemes, and more restrictions to traffic at peak times outside schools.

Hackney has also committed to exploring the feasibility of charging motorists to use the roads.

The council says all the projects are “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”.

Transport and environment

On Monday the council’s cabinet agreed a plan delivered by cabinet member for the environment and transport Mete Coban.

He said: “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.”

New LTNs

In the next three years, the council proposes to introduce or add to LTNs in a number of areas:

  • Craven Walk (24/25)
  • Southwold Road (24/25)
  • Dalston LTN (23/24)
  • Shacklewell LTN (23/24)
  • Chatsworth Road (23/24)
  • Hoxton East (23/24)
  • Stamford Hill West (24/25)
  • Cazenove Road LTN (24/25)

Cassland Road is list for “monitoring and review”.

Street improvement

Designs will be developed for changes to a number of other Hackney roads, including:

  • Cricketfield Road
  • Pembury Circus
  • Lordship Park
  • Graham Road
  • Manor Road
  • Dalston Lane
  • Pembury Circus

Implementation of some of schemes is subject to the availability of funding from Transport for London and other sources.

The redesign of the Pembury Circus follows a successful bid to the government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Opposition

LTNs have proved controversial in Hackney, with Stop Horrendous Hackney Road Closures taking the council to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop them.

Some residents living outside LTNs say they have seen increases in traffic.

Responding to the expansion of the schemes campaigners at Residents Together said the moves are “exacerbating problems on other (outside LTN) roads. There is no justification for safer, quieter roads for some at others’ expense”.