Traffic reduction trial seeks to boost cycling and walking in Hackney


TfL and Hackney Council have confirmed that two traffic reduction schemes along Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1) will be implemented on a trial basis this autumn.

The schemes, which will restrict through traffic in the De Beauvoir and Wordsworth Road areas of Hackney, are designed to reduce ‘rat-running’ where vehicles cut through residential areas.

TfL hopes the schemes will make the areas “nicer places to live, walk and cycle”.

CS1 was completed in April and runs largely on roads parallel to the A10 between Tottenham and the City.

The trial will last for up to 18 months, allowing TfL and Hackney to monitor the impact on traffic flows and carry out a further consultation with local residents. The aim is to determine whether to make the closures permanent, remove the closures or extend the trial period.

Alan Bristow, TfL’s director of road space management, said: “Following feedback from local people in the recent consultation we have developed these trial changes, which will make the De Beauvoir and Wordsworth Road areas much nicer places to live, walk and cycle.

“We’ll monitor the changes carefully and continue to discuss them with local residents. Reducing traffic in residential areas can make a real difference to the local environment and improve quality of life.”

Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and sustainability in Hackney, said: “I am delighted these schemes will go ahead – they should make this important route into the City safer and more pleasant for cyclists, pedestrians and local residents.

“We took local residents’ concerns from the original consultation on board and, in partnership with TfL, amended the proposals.”

29 July 2016