Thursday, July 19, 2012

One Hackney Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay

There are just seven days until the Olympic Games start and there is one more day before the One Hackney festival when Hackney will welcome the Olympic Torch to the borough.

The parade will kick off at 10.30am in Hoxton at Pitfield Street before it heads off up Whitemore Road and Stamford Road to Kingsland Road.

The parade will then continue north to Stoke Newington Road and Stoke Newington High Street before turning left into Stoke Newington Church Street at around 12.30.

The Olympic Torch is then expected to arrive in the borough at 15.50 in Shoreditch.  It will then travel up to Dalston, onto Stoke Newington before going onto Hackney Central, and along Homerton Road, past Mabley Green and Hackney Marshes.

Please remember that buses will be suspended outside Hackney Town Hall as large crowds will be expected there.

Road will also be closed to allow the One Hackney parade and the Olympic Torch to pass through the borough.  The following roads will be closed for the parade from 10.30am:
  • Pitfield Street
  • Whitemore Road
  • De Beauvoir Road
  • Stamford Road
  • A10 Junction with Richmond Road to Stoke Newington Church Street (northbound)
Due to the One Hackeny Parade, the following parking bays will also be suspended from 00.01 until 19.00 on 21 July.
  • Pitfield Street - All bays on the western side on the section between junction with Mintern Street and Hoxton Street. 
  • Whitmore Road - All bays on western side entire length 
  • De Beauvoir Road - All bays on western side from Whitmore Road up to junction with Englefield Road 
  • Stamford Road - All bays on western side between Englefield Road and A10 Kingsland Road. 
  • Stoke Newington Church Street -Parking on Stoke Newington Church Street will be suspended from 9:00 to 17:00 
For further information on the One Hackney Festival, please read FAQs about the festival.

If you were planning to attend the event at Clissold Park, please not that this will not now take place as the event site is waterlogged and has been deemed unsafe. Anyone who booked tickets for this event is being contacted. The Parade will run as planned along the same 2.8 mile route, ending at Stoke Newington.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Travel in Hackney During the London 2012 Games

The London 2012 Games start in less then two weeks and 1 million visitors are expected in London throughout the duration of the Games.

Roads and public transport will be busy across the capital and The Olympic and Paralympic Route Network and Games Lanes will connect venues, accommodation and transport hubs.

Although there will be significant changes will be to Homerton Road and the Eastway, other areas of the borough will also be affected.

There will be a number of road events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and streets will be closed.  Although events will not take place in Hackney, City Road, Old Street and Great Eastern Street will be used as an alternative route for athletes, officials, workers and media when road events take place on the Olympic Route Network.  These will take place on 28 and 29 July and 4,5,7,11 and 12 August.  When the road events are in operation, changes to the roads will include longer parking and stopping restrictions and switching off some pedestrian crossing signals.

The Olympic Route Network will generally be in operation and enforced between 6am and midnight though there will be some changes to times of operation. Transport for London have warned that any vehicles that are driven, load, park or stop illegally on ORN/PRN will be removed and will face £130 Penalty Charge Notice.  I have spoken to transport for London and have been informed that cyclists will also receive PCN if they cycle in the ORN/PRN during times of operation.

For more information on how transport will be affected during the Games, please visit the Get Ahead of the Games website where you can sign up for email alerts at Games time.  You can also follow @GAOTG on Twitter or call 0843 222 1234 for details.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

We Love Hoxton Newsletter - Olympic Special

We have published our latest We Love Hoxton e-newsletter full of news and information on the London 2012 Games.

To find out more about how the Games will affect parking, driving and waste collection services, click here.

You can read previous versions of our e-newsletter here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters direct to you inbox, click here.

Friday, July 06, 2012

One Hackney Festival

Hackney will welcome the Olympic Torch on Saturday 12 July and everyone is invited to take part in the celebrations planned for the day.

There will be a parade starting at 10.30 the junction of Pitfield Street and Whitmore Road.  The parade will travel through along Kingsland Road, before travelling on to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington where the Olympic Torch will be welcomed.

The Torch will pass several hotspots along the One Hackney Festival parade route.

15.54 the Torch arrives in Hackney at Shoreditch High Street
16.02 it will enter Kingsland Road
16.06 the Torch will pass by the Shoreditch Festival
16.20 passes Gillet Square
16.34 Turns into Stoke Newington Church Street
16.47 Torch Moment in Clissold Park
17.54 arrives at Hackney Town Hall
18.20 passes Mabley Green
18.28 leaves Hackney via Eastway

Times have been supplied by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and are approximate.

Shoreditch Festival will be a programme of free live music and entertainment alongside the Regents Canal.  More details are available on the festival website.

For more details on the One Hackney Festival, visit the council website or the One Hackney page on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Waste Collections During London 2012 Games

The times of waste collections will be changed during the London 2012 Games.  Collection days will remain the same throughout the Games but, in order to keep the streets clear, collections will start at 6am.

Residents are being asked to ensure that waste is place outside so crews can clear waste and recycling quickly.

For more information on council services during London 2012, please visit the council website.