In Hackney, the source of most poor air quality is vehicular traffic on the TfL-controlled road network. However, there are also a number of roads in the borough with poor air quality that are used as ‘rat runs’,B which the council is addressing by extending the ‘filtered permeability network’ that restricts through traffic but facilitates

safer cycling and walking. Reducing the amount of parking and reducing traffic flows will also help to improve air quality, reduce traffic casualties and make neighbourhoods more pleasant places to walk, play and cycle.

The City’s Noise Strategy 2012-2016 is currently being reviewed. 2 Being located at the heart of London, the City of London inevitably experiences relatively high levels of noise. The main noise sources of concern in the City are from building works, street works, road traffic, leisure activities, and other commercial activities such as deliveries, plant and equipment. The City of London Corporation has a statutory responsibility to manage and minimise exposure to excessive noise, while ensuring that the City can continue to function as a modern world-class business centre. The City of London Noise Strategy brings together and updates policies and programmes that are already in place to manage and mitigate noise, as well as proposing additional measures to improve noise management in the City.

 

 

Notes

  1. Rat runs’ are minor, typically residential streets used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads.
  2. Rat runs’ are minor, typically residential streets used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads.

References

  1. City of London Corporation, “City of London Noise Strategy 2012 – 2016,” 2012.
  2. City of London Corporation, “City of London Noise Strategy 2012 – 2016,” 2012.