Cremer Street in Hoxton is set to close to through-traffic this week, as part of plans to rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the pandemic.
The new camera-enforced filter is aimed at preventing motor vehicles from using the narrow street and pavements – which have high levels of footfall to Hoxton Overground station – as a shortcut, and will help support safe walking and cycling in the area.
The traffic filter – made up of a planter placed in the road – is being introduced on a trial basis using an experimental traffic order, ensuring residents and businesses can have their say online or in writing during implementation.
In line with other low traffic neighbourhoods introduced over the past year, the filter does not use bollards. This ensures the emergency services can continue to drive through when responding to emergencies.
Following its introduction, the Council will monitor traffic around Cremer Street, which it will consider, alongside resident feedback, before deciding whether to make the filter permanent.
The new filter on Cremer Street will be introduced at its junction with Nazrul Street from 15 February. Residents and businesses can have their say online at https://rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is/ or by writing to ‘Freepost Streetscene’.
Letters have been distributed to residents in the area around Cremer Street to outline how they can have their say.
In line with guidance from the Department for Transport, on-street measures will be implemented under experimental traffic orders, which give residents an opportunity to have their say on how measures work in practice before any decision is made on whether or not to make them permanent.
Department for Transport guidance states that: ‘The government therefore expects local authorities to make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. Such changes will help embed altered behaviours and demonstrate the positive effects of active travel.’