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Hundreds join protest march and rally to ‘stop horrendous road closures’ in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 16:57 21 September 2020 | UPDATED: 16:06 22 September 2020

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

Hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday in another protest against road closures they claim are causing chaos and misery.

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly HancockHundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

Traffic filters have been put in place to prevent vehicles using roads in Clerkenwell Green, Canonbury East and St Peter’s as rat runs.

Islington protesters upset about the council’s people friendly streets scheme, joined forces with others from Hackney and Tower Hamlets where similar initiatives have also been introduced to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.

They held aloft banners stating ‘Road closures mean unsafe streets’ and ‘Don’t divide our community’.

They walked from Old Street roundabout, along New North Road and Upper Street, culminating with a rally in Islington Green.

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly HancockHundreds of people turned out for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington, marching from Old Street to Islington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

The protest is the eighth since restrictions were introduced in August under experimental traffic orders without prior consultation.

The council’s transport chief, Cllr Rowena Champion, said: “We have been listening to local people’s concerns on Islington’s streets. It is vital that we act now to create people-friendly streets, in order to make it easier and safer for people to walk, cycle, and use wheelchairs and buggies as alternatives to using public transport. 
“This will help people to socially distance and to avoid a rise in motor vehicle use as people move away from public transport.”

The council is inviting feedback before deciding whether to make the measures permanent at islingtonpeoplefriendlystreets.commonplace.is/.

Hundreds of people turned out at Old Street roundabout for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington. Picture: Polly HancockHundreds of people turned out at Old Street roundabout for a protest against road closures in Hackney and Islington. Picture: Polly Hancock

Hundreds of protesters marched from Old Street  to Islington Green to complain about road closures in Hackney and Islington. Picture: Polly HancockHundreds of protesters marched from Old Street to Islington Green to complain about road closures in Hackney and Islington. Picture: Polly Hancock

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