Hackney Council, just northeast of Central London, have approved plans to make three quarters of its borough low traffic.
It’s promising hundreds of new bike hangars; better walking routes; new shared bikes and cars; tens of greened local streets; new School Streets at all Hackney primary schools and expanding the programme to secondaries; and, feasibility studies on reducing traffic through road user charging.
The Council will also speak to local residents and businesses in Chatsworth Road, Dalston, Hoxton, Cazenove and Stamford Hill about introducing new low traffic neighbourhoods there in 2023, 2024 and 2025. This would bring the proportion of the borough’s roads that are low traffic up from half to three-quarters.
All the proposals are set out in Hackney’s local implementation plan, outlining the transport projects the Council plans to introduce in the coming years and how these are funded. The Council’s latest funding agreement with Transport for London covers until March 2025. The plan encompasses the lifetime of that funding, though it does point out there are some proposals that are not yet funded.
Funded by the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, a redesign of the Pembury Circus junction will take place, along with the transformation of five acres of public space in Hackney Central.
The council insists the work is 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.
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