Campaigners demand ‘mini Holland’ in Hackney after Walthamstow success
Council accused of ‘wasting an opportunity’ to trial a similar traffic reduction scheme in London Fields
Max Eckersley 11 November, 2016
The success of a traffic safety trial in Walthamstow dubbed “mini Holland” has lit the touch paper in Hackney, with campaigners accusing the council of “losing its nerve” over similar plans for London Fields.
Waltham Forest Council was awarded £30 million by City Hall to begin piloting area-wide road closures around Walthamstow Village in February last year, as part of then mayor Boris Johnson’s “cycling revolution”.
Provisional results released this week show a 56 per cent reduction in the number of cars using key roads in the village – around 10,000 fewer vehicles a day – with an increase of 3 per cent and 11 per cent on two roads just outside the area, which opponents had worried would become increasingly congested.
Hackney Council rejected a similar “mini Holland” proposal for London Fields earlier this year following a consultation with local residents, instead opting for width restrictions on Middleton Road.