Walford Road area

Following a consultation with local residents, the Council is introducing road closures at:

  • Nevill Road between Osterley Road and Walford Road
  • Clonbrock Road at its junction with Nevill Road
  • Allen Road at its junction with Nevill Road.

The closures are aimed at reducing through-traffic and improving road safety in the Walford Road area, specifically Walford Road, Brighton Road, Beatty Road, and part of Nevill Road.

In this area, there were 33 recorded road traffic accidents resulting in personal injury in the three years to June 2019, and a further 20 crashes at the junctions of Walford, Brighton and Beatty roads with the A10.

The measures will be introduced on an experimental basis for up to 18 months, which gives local residents and businesses the opportunity to have their say on how the closures work in practice, which is taken into account before any decision is made on whether or not to make them permanent. The closures will maintain access for emergency vehicles.

In the interim, the Council is working to bring forward funding it secured last year from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund to reduce polluting traffic on Stoke Newington Church Street and Albion Road, a key concern of respondents to the consultation. It has submitted a further bid to Transport for London’s Streetspace programme for funding to implement further measures to reduce traffic on Stoke Newington Church Street.

The Council has also funded green screens at William Patten School, is set to install green screens at Grasmere and St Mary’s schools during October half term, and has implemented School Streets, where roads are closed outside schools at opening and closing times, at William Patten and St Mary’s schools.

The consultation

A consultation carried out on these proposals last year showed that 70.6% (3,380) of respondents were against the proposals, with 28.2% (1,350) in support.

However, 1,059 of the surveys received are thought to be anomalies. Consultation analysis found that large numbers of responses came from the same IP addresses, with three IP addresses accounting for 404 submissions, and a further 50 IP addresses accounting for 655 responses. If these results are filtered out, 62.2% (2,321) of respondents were against the proposals, with 36.2% in support (1,350).

While a majority of respondents were not in support of the proposals, with concerns expressed about the impact on air quality in surrounding roads, the Council has balanced these views with what people said about issues with through-traffic and road safety on Walford Road, Brighton Road, Beatty Road, and Nevill Road, as well as the potential impact of proposed changes to the Stoke Newington gyratory, which would see traffic increase in the Walford Road area.

This decision was taken under delegated authority. View the delegated decision documents:

What happens next?

The closures will be implemented in late September and October 2020, under an experimental traffic order, which will last for 18 months.

All residents will receive a letter outlining how they can have their say. Residents’ views will be taken into account, alongside traffic monitoring, before any decision is made on whether or not to make the measures permanent.

We will carry out a new set of traffic surveys between 6 and 9 months after implementation and report on traffic levels in the area.

We will also continue to monitor air quality in the area.

Tackling London’s poor air quality

Find out more about our work across the borough to tackle London’s poor air quality.

Page updated on: 28 September 2020