Islington’s first low-traffic neighbourhood will be in St Peter’s ward

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

Islington’s first low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) will be in St Peter’s ward, the council announced on June 12.

LTNs are designed to stop rat-running in residential streets to make neighbourhoods safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Work on the St Peter’s ward LTN is due to start on July 3 and be completed by July 9.

Changes will apply to Prebend Street, Danbury Street, Colebrooke Row, and Wharf Road.

The council will install traffic filters on certain streets that will block motor vehicles while still allowing cyclists through.

In some cases, the traffic filters will be enforced by cameras. Emergency vehicles will still have access.

The measures will initially be in place under an 18-month experimental traffic order.

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A public consultation will then take place in June and July 2021 for local people to indicate whether they would like these measures to remain in place permanently.

More LTNs are set to introduced in Canonbury, Highbury, Clerkenwell, Nags Head, and St Mary’s by the autumn.

The town hall will use measures such as bollards and banned turns to create its LTNs.

Council leader Richard Watts last month announced up to a third of Islington could be covered by LTNs by the end of the year.

Last month the council launched a “Commonplace” webpage to ask local people to give ideas about what can be done to improve their streets. There have been more than 2,200 comments so far.

Islington environment and transport chief Cllr Rowena Champion said: “With less traffic in recent weeks, people have been telling us they are enjoying their streets more. The work being done in St Peter’s will help local people to socially distance as they make essential trips, whilst also creating safer, cleaner and more pleasant streets.”

Islington’s sole opposition councillor, Caroline Russell (Green, Highbury East), said: “Well done Islington for coming forward with real action to make it safer for people to walk and cycle.

“At this time of reduced public transport capacity and physical distancing it’s vital that street space is reallocated for people.

“I hope that a smooth roll out in St Peter’s ward shows just what a positive difference these simple measures will make.”

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