Ufton Road traffic filter

In June 2020, we introduced a trial traffic filter in Ufton 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, air quality and bus speeds data since the filter was introduced shows that:

  • traffic decreased on roads around the filter, including on Southgate Grove, where it decreased by 59.%
  • nitrogen dioxide pollution at the nearest monitoring site was well within national air quality objectives
  • there was no change in bus journey times in the area.

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 this information, alongside the responses provided by residents to our Commonplace page, we have now made a decision to make this traffic filter permanent. We will continue to monitor the effects of the filter and listen to feedback about the scheme. You can email comments to: streetscene.enquiries@hackney.gov.uk.

View the full decision report, engagement report and equalities impact assessment:

Commonplace responses

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.

  • 1092 responses were received in total
  • 29% of responses were from the local area, with people who use a car or van to get around overrepresented in the overall results (57% of responses were from motor vehicle users, compared to the 30% of households in the borough that own a car)
  • overall, 37% of all comments received were in favour of making the filter permanent, with 62% saying the filter should be made permanent
  • in the local area (those who gave an N1 postcode), 38% of responses were in favour of making the filter permanent, with 59% saying the filter should not be made permanent
  • among people who do not use a car or van to get around, 64% wanted all or some of the LTN to 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 and air quality analysis

The tables show changes in traffic around the Ufton Road filter:

Traffic change in Ufton Road LTN compared to pre-Covid baseline

Road Baseline date Baseline traffic count (Daily average) November 2020 traffic count (Daily average) Change from baseline (%) May 2021 traffic count (Daily average) Change from baseline


Southgate Grove July 2018 1,071 445 -626 (-58.5%) 434 637 


Ufton Road No data available 113 155
Downham Road March 2019 8,789 7,859 -930


5022 -3,767


Southgate Road May 2019 13,962 11,082 -2880



11,988 -1,974


Page updated on: 10 December 2021