Hertford Road low traffic neighbourhood
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In 2020, we introduced a trial traffic filter in Hertford Road to:
- create cleaner, quieter streets
- support people to walk, shop and cycle
- rebuild a greener after the pandemic
The traffic filter uses planters in the road to restrict through traffic – allowing only cyclists, waste and emergency vehicles to pass through.
Traffic and air quality analysis
Analysis of traffic and air quality data since the filter was introduced shows that:
- following the introduction of the Hertford Road traffic filter, traffic reduced on nearby Downham Road. This is thought to be attributable to the introduction of a nearby low traffic neighbourhood in Islington.
- air quality improved at the two nearest monitoring sites at Hackney New School, however there are no air quality monitors on Hertford Road. The nearest monitoring sites are below the national air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide of 40μg/m3.
We have also carried out a comprehensive equalities impact assessment, looking at the impact of low traffic neighbourhoods on groups with protected characteristics, such as race, gender or disability.
Making the low traffic neighbourhood permanent
After considering the comments made by residents, alongside the traffic data, we have made the decision to retain the Hertford Road traffic filter. We will continue to monitor the effects of the filter and listen to feedback about the scheme. You can email comments to: email@example.com.
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Throughout the trial, we encouraged people to respond to our Commonplace page, which was used to identify issues with the LTN and make changes where appropriate.
- 378 responses were received on our Commonplace page
- 35% of respondents who provided a postcode were from the local area (N1)
- Overall, 43% of responses said the filter should be made permanent, and 57% said the filter should not be made permanent
- In the local area (N1), 57% said the filter should be made permanent. 42% said it should not.
- Among non-motorists, who make up 70% of Hackney households, 69% say the measures should be made permanent.
The top two concerns raised in resident responses were increased traffic and air pollution, which is why the Council has completed monitoring of the scheme before making a decision on whether or not to make it permanent.
Full traffic data from the area
The table below compares traffic counts taken in 2021 with the last available comparable count.
|7 day average traffic flow change in the Hertford Road LTN area compared to pre-COVID baseline (before surveys)|
|Road||Baseline (2019)||Nov 2020||Change from Baseline (%)||July 2021||Change from Baseline
|LTN internal roads|
|Hertford Road (North of closure)||No Data||728|
|De Beauvoir Crescent (West of closure)||No Data||733||853|
|LTN boundary roads|
|Downham Road (East of Hertford Rd junction)||9145||7035||-23%||7827||-14%|
|Downham Road (West of Hertford Rd junction)||8863||7859||-11%||5022||-43%|
|De Beauvoir Road (North of junction with De Beauvoir Crescent)||No Data||4571|
|Whitmore Road (South of junction with De Beauvoir Crescent)||No Data||5361|
We are continuing to listen to feedback about the scheme.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.