Liveable Crouch End: ‘Improvements needed’ says report showing impact of traffic trial

Middle Lane, which was closed to through traffic as part of a Liveable Neighbourhoods trial. Picture

Middle Lane, which was closed to through traffic as part of a Liveable Neighbourhoods trial. Picture: Sam Volpe - Credit: Archant

“Improvements will need to be made” if the Liveable Crouch End project is to alter road layouts as trialled earlier this year.

That's according to a pair of reports looking into traffic data and feedback about the trial, which have been released by Haringey Council.

They show 2,000 fewer cars using Park Road, Tottenham Lane and Middle Lane during the trial road closures in September and October.

Middle Lane - shut to most traffic between 7am and 7pm during the trial - saw 6,166 fewer journeys during twelve hours but Tottenham Lane saw see a large increase of 4,901.

In total, 2,208 drivers either used an alternative route or chose not drive during the trial.

But a huge increase in cars using Park Road South - as those living there had worried - was criticised, too, with a Peter Purdie of the street's residents' group saying the reports were "fairly conclusive" but "shied away" from some of the consequences of the trial.

Park Avenue South saw an increase of 500 car journeys over 24 hours during the trial, according to the data.

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The engagement report looked at responses to a consultation undertaken during and immediately after the trial. More than half of 3,500 respondents were "generally negative" about the scheme, with another 26pc "supporting its aims" but disagreeing with the scheme as is - and only 15.8pc backing it.

Both reports can be viewed here.

Cllr Luke Cawley-Harrison (Lib Dem, Crouch End) said "it appears that some of our concerns have been realised", referencing the increase in traffic on Tottenham Lane and increased bus journey times.

But he added: "However, there do appear to be some positives to take away - such as the reduction in traffic on other roads and the number of responses received from residents."

He said he hoped the council would take on board the concerns of residents and pay attention to the "sizable number" of comments criticising its communication strategy.

Cllr Adam Jogee (Lab, Hornsey) who heads the town hall's environmental scrutiny committee said: "The reaction of local people to the trial was clear - we have a lot to do to restore faith and trust in the whole project."

A town hall spokesperson said: "We are pleased with the level of engagement on Liveable Crouch End, with more than 3,500 responses to the engagement survey demonstrating a range of views on the trial."

A "follow-up" survey period has begun, and the council said it expects detailed proposals to go to consultation next summer.