Three Hackney Streets to close to support walking and cycling

Three more streets in Hackney are set to close to through-traffic to support people to walk and cycle more and improve opportunities for social distancing as public transport use decreases.

Ashenden Road in Homerton, Gore Road by Victoria Park and Ufton Road in De Beauvoir will all be closed to motor vehicle through-traffic. Ashenden Road will be closed at its junction with Glyn Road and Meeson Street will be closed at its junction with Kingsmead Way to address rat-running by traffic avoiding congestion on Homerton High Street Gore Road, which runs parallel to a northern quarter of Victoria Park, will be closed at its junction with Lauriston Road to support social distancing and provide safer cycling options in the area. Ufton Road will be closed at its junction with Downham Road to reduce rat-running traffic attempting to avoid traffic signals on Southgate Road. This proposal will also help to link Ufton Gardens and the games area opposite.

With Government guidance clear that people should only use public transport if absolutely necessary, numbers of people walking and cycling, as well as the number of cars, are expected to increase across the capital.

The latest set of proposals will help to protect those walking and cycling from increasing levels of motor traffic, which have been found to be travelling at higher speeds.

In the coming weeks, the Council will deliver further measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists from traffic, which will complement the existing 120-plus road closures in Hackney and Transport for London’s recently announced Streetspace plan.

The modal filters announced today, alongside the more recently-declared Barnabas Road closure, will be delivered under Experimental Traffic Orders, which will allow residents to feed back throughout their operation.

Cllr Jon Burke, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, said: “Hackney’s high cycling rate and low levels of car ownership present both challenges and opportunities at a time in which fewer people will use public transport. That’s why we’re determined to reimagine our streets so people can safely walk and cycle. “Reallocating road space to achieve better environmental, public health, and social outcomes is enshrined in the Hackney Transport Strategy. These latest proposals will not only improve road safety and opportunities for social distancing, but also deliver reduced planet-heating vehicle emissions and air quality improvements in a borough with one of the highest rates of premature deaths from air pollution in the country.”

The latest set of closures are in addition to the Council’s temporary road closures at Broadway Market, pavement widening at seven key locations, and the closure at Barnabas Road, which is set to be introduced on 28 May.

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