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Narrow Way in line for multi-million pound revamp

PUBLISHED: 08:12 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:12 26 October 2015

An artist's impression of the Narroway designs

An artist's impression of the Narroway designs

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A consultation over a multi-million pound revamp of the Narrow Way is currently underway.

Hackney Council has billed the works as a “dramatic reimagining of one of the borough’s oldest and most vibrant shopping districts”. The proposal is to change the former road and footpath in the Narrow Way with a more attractive pedestrian-friendly surface, with the new-look extending to the junction of Graham Road.

The road was closed to most vehicles in 2014 following a six-month trial.

A new raised junction will realign the once-connected Narrow Way and Clarence Road, carrying the facelift across Dalston Lane.

New crossings are proposed for the junction of Mare Street and Amhurst Road which the council says will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by slowing motor traffic, and which will draw more foot fall from Hackney Central Station to the Narrow Way and the fashion hub in Morning Lane which is now being built.

A new public square at Hackney’s oldest building, the Grade I listed St Augustine’s Tower, is also on the cards.

Proposals also include infrastructure which the council says ‘looks to the future for businesses’, like space for outdoor tables and seating, and more cycle parking and trees.

The council is giving residents the opportunity to comment on the plans before the project moves to public consultation phase.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and sustainability, said: “The Narrow Way is one of the most important retail districts in Hackney and has been crying out for revitalising for years.

“These exciting plans aim to create a new attractive, accessible, functional and safe urban space that will bring long-lasting benefits for both local residents and businesses alike.

“As well as drawing more footfall from Hackney Central station to the area, we believe the new layout will support events and improve life for pedestrians and cyclists.”

To view the detailed proposals and to comment see www.consultation.hackney.gov.uk.


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