In the London Fields area, we know that levels of non-local through-traffic are at times too high.
We have therefore introduced a type of road closure, known as a traffic filter (planters or bollards on the road, which prevent motor vehicles from passing through), at the following locations:
- Forest Road to the east of the A10
- Richmond Road to the east of the A10
- Middleton Road/Haggerston Road to the east of the A10
- Stean Street to the north of its junction with Dunston Road
- Lee Street to the east of the A10
- Pritchard’s Road (on the Cat and Mutton bridge). This filter would continue to allow access for local buses.
The filters were introduced on 7 September 2020 using an experimental traffic order for a maximum period of 18 months.
In addition, following in-depth workshop discussions with local residents in the London Fields/Richmond Road area, where they raised concerns about fast vehicle speeds, non-local traffic, unsafe conditions for walking and cycling and expressed support for strategic closures to limit rat-running traffic, we have implemented the following additional measures, which complement the filters in the A10 area and help to create a low traffic neighbourhood:
- A bus gate on Richmond Road at its junction with Eleanor Road, where only buses and cyclists could pass though
- A bus gate on Richmond Road at its junction with Greenwood Road, where only buses and cyclists could pass though
- A traffic filter on Wilton Way at its junction with Greenwood Road
To support these measures, a banned ‘right turn’ from Greenwood Road into Graham Road has also been introduced. The existing banned left turn from Mare Street into Richmond Road will remain in the first instance. However, it will be removed once the traffic flow in the area has reduced to an acceptable level as a result of the new measures.
All of the filters mentioned above will encourage walking and cycling, promote social distancing and reduce non-local through-traffic on these streets.
If you are a resident or business in the area and you have a motor vehicle, you are still able to drive to your home or business, but this may be via a different route.
Cyclists, emergency vehicles and refuse vehicles are able to pass through the traffic filters.