Barnabas Road links Wick Road and Homerton High Street, and is a key route for residents using Homerton Station, workers at Homerton University Hospital and cyclists using protected lanes on Wick Road.
During the past 18 months the Council has been conducting a feasibility study analysing traffic speeds and traffic volumes and accidents in the Wick Road area where through routes are frequently used to avoid the main road network. The study showed there are a number of routes heavily used by traffic – which include Barnabas Road – to bypass the main road network for a quicker through route in and out of Hackney.
A type of road closure, known as a traffic filter (planters or bollards on the road, which prevent motor vehicles from passing through) in Barnabas Road between Oriel Road and Berger Road, adjacent to Alma Apartments, as shown on the drawing attached below has been installed.
The scheme eliminates through traffic and, as a consequence, road safety and air quality will be improved locally. Local residents are still able to access their homes, however they are not able to drive through the traffic filters.
The filter still continues to allow pedestrian, cyclist and emergency and refuse vehicles access.
The filter has been achieved using solid planters on either side of the road and reducing the width of the road, but allowing enough space for cyclists and emergency and refuse vehicles to go through. Signs and road markings will make it clear that regular vehicles cannot pass through. The filter is enforced by cameras in order to deter vehicles driving through the filter.