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People-friendly streets in Canonbury East

In August 2020, as part of our people-friendly streets programme, we introduced a low traffic neighbourhood trial in Canonbury East.

Like many neighbourhoods within the borough, Canonbury East has suffered from increased traffic volumes in recent years from the use of the area as a short-cut.   

The trial aimed to: 

  • Make it easier and safer to walk and cycle 
  • Clean up the air we breathe 
  • Reduce road danger  

We introduced the following traffic filters:  Henshall Street, Cleveland Road, Halliford Street, Shepperton Road, Ockendon Road, Englefield Road, Northchurch Road, Elmore Street, Dove Road and Downham Road. In some cases, the traffic filters are enforced by cameras.

You can see locations of the traffic filters on Google maps or view the map of the Canonbury East low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) at the bottom of the page. A downloadable version of the map is available in the 'Useful documents' section of this page. 


We published our pre-consultation monitoring report for the Canonbury East trial area in November 2021. This report includes data one year on from the launch of the people-friendly streets trial in August 2020.

We published the interim monitoring report for Canonbury East, published in May 2021.


We have now published our pre-consultation engagement results report for Canonbury East. This report includes all feedback up until the public consultation (2 November 2021 – 30 November 2021) from Commonplace and Trial feedback surveys, email correspondence, formal objections and stakeholder meetings.

Key finding from pre-consultation engagement

Feedback received 

  • 412 Commonplace comments 
  • 330 emails 
  • 457 Trial feedback surveys 
  • 1,225 consultation questionnaires 

Commonplace feedback* 

Top 3 problems 

  • 42% - Volume of traffic 
  • 42% - Traffic rat running 
  • 40% - Fast traffic 

Top 3 ways to make it better 

  • 35% - Make the road access only 
  • 33% - Slow down traffic 
  • 26% - Road closure except for cycles and buses 

Trial feedback survey (percentage of respondents) 

Top 3 things people like about the trial 

  • 19% - reduces traffic 
  • 16% - the area is more pleasant 
  • 15% - reduces air pollution 

Top 3 things people dislike about the trial? 

  • 65% - More traffic on main roads 
  • 37% - I wasn't asked for my views 
  • 37% - Increase air pollution

We have also published our independently written consultation report for Canonbury East. This report includes feedback received through the public consultation (02 November 2021 – 30 November 2021).  

*The Commonplace figures refer to comments received before the trial was advertised. The figures provided for Commonplace and trial feedback surveys are for the percentage of respondents. The Commonplace platform was open between May 2020 and March 2021, the trial feedback survey was open between March 2021 and September 2021. 

Key findings from the public consultation 

  • 47% said it is easier to cross the streets – 24% disagreed 
  • 46% said the streets look nicer - 25% disagreed 
  • 45% said the air is cleaner – 22% disagreed 
  • 41% said there is less noise from traffic – 27% disagreed 
  • 38% said they spend more time in the area – 19% disagreed 
  • 45% said it is easier to walk and cycle for short trips – 24% disagreed 
  • 55% of participants have a car, versus 29% of households in Islington 
  • 28% of participants who have cars say they walk and cycle for shorter trips instead of driving 
  • 23% of participants mentioned LTNs increasing traffic on boundary roads 


Next steps: continuing people-friendly streets in Canonbury East


The positive outcomes from the consultation and monitoring reports have supported our decision to continue people-friendly streets in Canonbury East. 


Based on feedback from the consultation we will be making changes to filters at Elmore Street and Halliford Street, and introducing an additional filter at Ecclesbourne Road. These changes will improve business access to the area. You can view a map of the changes to the traffic filters


We have been listening to feedback from local disabled residents and in order to make the scheme more accessible for these residents we will be making some improvements.  


We will be introducing an exemption for Blue Badge holders who live inside Canonbury East from camera enforced traffic filters. We will implement a new Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) which will allow us to measure the impact and see if it is working as intended.  


You can find out more information on the exemption and read our Blue Badge holder frequently asked questions


Works to enable the exemptions 


In order to implement the changes at filters and allow Blue Badge holders to travel through the restrictions, we will need to make some changes to the neighbourhood.  


We will be:  

  • removing the width restrictions at Ockendon Road and Englefield Road  
  • moving Elmore Street and Halliford Street filters to the east of the junction with Ecclesbourne Road  
  • building a new camera enforced filter at Ecclesbourne Road  
  • adding new signs and planters to make the new exemption clear.


The minor works were completed in mid-February 2022 and the new exemptions are now active.


You can find more information in the Canonbury East Consultation results and next steps resident leaflet.  


For further detailed information you can read the full Delegated Decision Report and Equality Impact Assessment for the Canonbury East PFS scheme and the other appendices in the 'Useful Documents' section. 


Map of the Canonbury East low traffic neighbourhood

Map of the Canonbury East LTN 


Traffic filters are located: Henshall Street, Cleveland Road, Halliford Street, Shepperton Road, Ockendon Road, Englefield Road, Northchurch Road, Elmore Street, Dove Road and Downham Road. In some cases, the traffic filters are enforced by cameras.


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